Irish actor Jamie Dornan is coming to Dublin for his next movie role, we can reveal.
The 50 Shades of Grey star today announced that he will head the cast of political thriller The Siege of Jadotville.
The movie - to be filmed in Dublin and South Africa next Spring - will mark Dornan’s first lead role after landing the part of Mr Grey in 50 Shades.
Based on a true story, the film centres on the siege of 150 UN Irish troops in the Congo in 1961.
Dornan will play Commandant Pat Quinlan, who led the troops during the crisis.
The thriller will be filmed by first-time director Richie Smyth, who has previously filmed dozens of commercials and music videos for acts like Bon Jovi and U2, and produced by Alan Maloney of Irish film company Parallel Films.
"I can't wait to get stuck into Jadotville," Jamie said of his new role. "It's an unbelievable story and Commandant Pat Quinlan is going to be a treat of a character to tackle.
"I'm a big fan of both Richie Smyth and Alan Moloney and I'm very much looking forward to working with them both."
Smyth confirmed that Dornan’s involvement has helped get the movie into greenlit.
"I'm really excited to be working with Jamie on ‘The Siege of Jadotville’. I thought his performance in ‘The Fall’ was sublime. He is perfectly cast in the lead role as Commandant Quinlan and has been instrumental in bringing this epic story to life."
The film will shoot in Ireland and South Africa in early 2015.
|Commandant Pat Quinlan (on the left) in Jadotvile, September 1961. (X)|
The dad-of-one will play the lead in The Siege of Jadotville, about the siege of 150 UN Irish troops led by Commandant Pat Quinlan in the Congo in 1961, after the Pro-western leader Moise Tshombe took control of the Katanga region and killed the Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba.
Former Calvin Klein model Jamie has agreed to come on board as the protagonist in the flick and fans will see him play Commandant Quinlan, who led the UN battalion as they held out against a force of 3000 local troops led by French and Belgian Mercenaries working for mining companies.
He will begin filming the project, helmed by Richie Smith - who is a veteran music video director and has worked with U2, The Verve and Bon Jovi over the years – next year following his promotional tour with 50 Shades of Grey.
The movie has been developed in association with the Irish Film Board and will be an official Irish/South African co-production.
Mr Grey will see the world around Valentine’s Day 2015, but in the meantime, his alter-ego Jamie Dornan is busy booking roles. He’s got a supporting part in The Weinstein Co’s Untitled John Wells project (aka Adam Jones), and now he’s set as the lead in Parallel Films’ The Siege Of Jadotville. The actor, who hails from Belfast, will trade handcuffs and silk ties for military gear to play Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan in the geo-political thriller. The story is based on the 1961 siege of 150 UN Irish troops led by Quinlan in the Congo after pro-western leader Moise Tshombe took control of the Katanga region and killed the Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba. In a show of extraordinary bravery, Quinlan and his battallion held out against a force of 3,000 local troops led by French and Belgian Mercenaries working for the mining companies.
Video and commercials director Richie Smyth will make his feature debut with Jadotville. He’s previously worked with U2, The Verve, and Bon Jovi. At present, he’s filming in New York on a project for Showtime. Kevin Brodbin, whose credits include Keanu Reeves horror pic Constantine, wrote the script.
The film will shoot in the spring of 2015 in Ireland and South Africa when Dornan wraps up his publicity commitments for Fifty Shades Of Grey. Jadotville was developed in association with the Irish Film Board and will be an official Irish/South African co-production. Alan Moloney of Parallel Films is producer. Dornan is repped by UTA and the UK’s United Agents; Smyth is repped by UTA.
You can read more about Siege of Jadotville situation HERE