Bridget Jones's Diary star Colin Firth is to star in The Dead Wait for Beyond Films.

Scheduled to start production early next year on location in South Africa, the project is to be directed by Russian Ark producer Jens Meurer, who directed 1999 Venice Black Panther documentary Public Enemy.

The film will tell the story of a man's quest for retribution and is set in present day South Africa and against the bloody, clandestine Angolan War of 1983.

Sheryl Crown, the Oscar-nominated producer of Solomon & Gaenor, is producing, while the script is by Paul Herzberg.

The title is set up as a co-production between Crown's Rubicon Pictures in the UK, David Wicht of Film Afrika in South Africa and Egoli Tossell Films in Germany. The UK's Mansfield Associates are executive producing.