50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan to return to screens in Irish action movie
HE’S set to become the most lusted after man in Hollywood, but Jamie Dornan has chosen an Irish-made action thriller for his first movie role since 50 Shades of Grey.
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.
No doubt 32-year-old Jamie has been offered a string of blockbuster parts since it was announced that he’ll be the one to bring the character of Christian Grey to the silver screen in 50 Shades of Grey when it is released on February 14, 2015.
However, most likely in an effort to ensure he’s not typecast, Jamie decided taking on The Siege of Jadotville was the best option for him.
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.
"I can't wait to get stuck into Jadotville,” Jamie said.
“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."
Production will take place in both Ireland and South Africa.
The movie has been developed in association with the Irish Film Board and will be an official Irish/South African co-production.