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.
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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.
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