Lea Seydoux Joins “Kursk”

Screen Daily is reporting that Lea Seydoux has joined Matthias and Colin Firth in “Kursk“. Filming is expected to start in April.

Lea Seydoux (Spectre) has joined Matthias Schoenaerts and Colin Firth in the cast of Thomas Vinterberg’s English-language Russian submarine drama Kursk for France’s EuropaCorp.

Set to start shooting in April, the film is based on the real-life events of 2000 when an explosion on board caused the Kursk submarine to sink in the Barents Sea, prompting a desperate struggle to save those on board.

Written by Robert Rodal, who was nominated for an Oscar for Saving Private Ryan, Kursk is based on the novel A Time To Die by Robert Moore.

The project is being produced by Luxembourg’s VIA EST with Belgium’s Belga Productions with EuropaCorp.

EuropaCorp has international rights to the film which it is starting to talk to buyers about at this week’s European Film Market.

Deadline confirms the news and also has details on Matthias’ role, which you can find after the jump.

Seydoux joins Matthias Schoenaerts and Colin Firth. Schoenaerts plays Russian Navy captain-lieutenant Dimitri Kolesnikov, a former alcoholic, but a now a man with calm authority. Seydoux will play Dimitri’s strong and independent wife Olga, a role that Rachel McAdams was once in talks for. Firth plays David Russell, a British naval commander who goes against Russia’s warnings so he can try to save the men on the Kursk.