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Jamie to retell horror of Congo siege

JAmie Dornan is Ireland's hottest export and he has selected a home-grown action flick for his first movie after 50 Shades of Grey.

The former Calvin Klein model will no doubt have offers flooding in following his role as Christian Grey in the release of the sensual film .

But the dad-of-one has picked an Irish-made action thriller about the siege of 150 UN Irish troops in the Congo.

The actor 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.

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.


And there's good news for fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous star - production will take place in both Ireland and South Africa so there's every chance he will be spotted filming.

Jamie is already in demand and no doub the 32-year-old's star will be on the rise in 2015 after the release of 50 Shades.

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.

The actor first shot to fame as eerie serial killer Paul Spector in The Fall, 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."

The movie has been developed in association with the Irish Film Board and will be an official Irish/South African co-production.

The second season of 'The Fall' is due for release this autumn.


And Jamie recently said that he relishes getting into character as the doting dad with a dark secret.

"It's been over two years - I haven't stayed in his mind for the entire two years, don't worry - but when I'm in it, I do feel very comfortable in his skin, and that can only lead to rare things happening," he said.