Colin Firth is 'Arthur Newman'

Colin Firth's latest film, 'Arthur Newman' is getting it's US cinema release in mid-2013.

Firth and Emily Blunt star in the touching story by Becky Johnston ("Prince of Tides", "Seven Years in Tibet") and directed by Dante Ariola, making his feature film directorial debut. It follows the mid-life travails of sad sack Wallace Avery (Firth).

He hates his job, his ex-wife and son hate him, and he's blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman.( Shades of Reggie Perrin?) However, Arthur's road trip towards a new life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike (Blunt), who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners: elderly newlyweds, a high-roller and his Russian lady, among others. And then it gets all lovey-dovey.

The film was well received at the Toronto Film Festival and is sure to attract the attention of ladies of good taste everywhere, no doubt dragging their hapless beau's along to what, in their minds, is a chic-flick. But bear with boys, the story does concern a man escaping his old life and creating a new one, so it has something for everyone.

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