In the midst of the highly publicized debut of the steamy Fifty Shades of Grey comes news that the movie’s leading man, Jamie Dornan, is about to begin work on a different project, a war thriller from Netflix titled Jadotville.
In this tale of extraordinary courage, Dornan portrays Commander Patrick Quinlan, who headed a 150-member Irish UN battalion that came under siege from 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies in 1961. The story is inspirational for many reasons, not the least of which is that not a single soldier of the Irish battalion was lost while fighting this seemingly insurmountable enemy force.
Starring alongside Dornan is French actor Guillaume Canet, best known to American audiences for The Beach and, more recently, the drama Last Night.
Jadotville is being directed by music video director Richie Smyth, who is making his feature film directorial debut. Smyth is best known for working with recording artists U2 and Bon Jovi. Writing the screenplay is Kevin Brodbin, who wrote the 2005 Hellblazer comic book adaptation, Constantine.
Producing for Parallel Films is Alan Moloney, who spoke enthusiastically about working with Netflix: “As filmmakers, we are constantly looking for new ways to bring a movie to the largest possible audience. Netflix has already reinvented the market and is now moving front and center into the film business. We are proud and excited to be part of their story and innovation.”
Production on Jadotville is due to begin in April. The film will premiere across all of the streaming service’s territories in 2016.