After dominating all weekend in Fifty Shades of Grey, Jamie Dornan is set to be on the back foot in a new film made for Netflix – with 3,000 dangerous men at the door.
War thriller Jadotville will see Dornan portray real-life UN Commander Patrick Quinlan, who in 1961 led an Irish battalion of 150 besieged by thousands of Congolese troops.
French actor Guillaume Canet will also star in the film, as a French commander working for mining companies who were determined to defeat Quinlan and his men. The film will be directed by music video director Richie Smyth, and is the latest of Netflix’s exclusive movie productions following a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel and films by comedian Adam Sandler.
“The story of how Pat Quinlan led his troops against an overwhelming force without losing a single man is one of the great stories of the 20th century, and we are proud to be working with such a talented and committed team to bring it to life,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
“This film will be an amazing addition to our global original films initiative.”
The news comes as details emerge of Adam Sandler’s first film for the streaming service (part of a four-movie deal). The Hollywood star has announced that his upcoming ensemble comedy The Ridiculous Six will be a Netflix exclusive rather than a theatrical release.
The film will star Terry Crews, Taylor Lautner, Lost’s Jorge Garcia and Luke Wilson, and was written by Sandler with Tim Herlihy.