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Jamie Dornan to play Irish UN war hero in new film

Esther McCarthy

Published 12/04/2015 | 12:33

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Jamie Dornan attends the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey"
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He's best known as cinema's Mr Grey, but Irish actor Jamie Dornan will be playing a real life war hero in his latest movie, which begins shooting next week.

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Dornan fans will be able to spot the star as filming begins on his new movie in Ireland and South Africa.

The film, called Jadotville, will tell the true story of 150 Irish UN troops who were held under siege in the Congo in 1961.

Most of the soldiers were from Co Westmeath and Dornan play war hero Patrick Quinlan, who led his men as they struggled to fight off over 3,000 rebels.

Star power: Jamie Dornan was in 37
Star power: Jamie Dornan was in 37

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Some of the Irishmen who fought at the siege have been employed in work as consultants on the movie.

"This will ahow a completely different side to Jamie," said a movie insider.

"He's never made a movie about conflict before and he jumped at the chance to bring his true story to audiences."

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, stars of 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, stars of 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

Even though filming has yet to begin, the movie has already been snapped up by Netflix.

The movie, which is based on the book by top Irish military writer Declan Power, will shine a light on the true story of the 150 Irish troops' bravery.

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The men were sent to safeguard the region from unrest, but for six days and nights, they came under constant attack from 3,000 rebels.

The movie will start shooting in the coming days with filming divided between Dublin, Wicklow and South Africa.

"The story is not as well known as it deserves to be and Jamie and the crew are hoping the film will change that," said our source.

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