The Way Back Poster

Theatrical release poster

The Way Back is an upcoming drama film about a group of prisoners who escaped from a Siberian gulag during World War II. The film is directed by Peter Weir from a screenplay also by Weir based on the memoir by Sławomir Rawicz. It stars Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan, and Mark Strong.


A group of prisoners engineer a grueling escape from a Stalinist Siberian gulag in 1942 and their passage to India.


  • Jim Sturgess as Janusz, a young Polish inmate.
  • Colin Farrell as Valka, a tough Russian inmate.
  • Ed Harris as Mr. Smith, an American inmate.
  • Saoirse Ronan as Irena, a orphaned teenage Polish girl on the run who meets up with the fugitives.
  • Mark Strong as Khabarov
  • Dragoş Bucur as Zoran
  • Gustaf Skarsgård as Voss



Shooting for The Way Back took place in Bulgaria, Morocco, and India.


Burkhard Dallwitz composed the score for The Way Back.

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