Netflix Picks Up Jamie Dornan-Starring War Drama ‘Jadotville’
Netflix will debut a new war thriller, “Jadotville,” across all of its territories in 2016.
Starring Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) and Guillaume Canet (“Tell No One”), the film will depict the 1961 siege of a 150-member Irish UN battalion by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Dornan will play Commander Patrick Quinlan, who guided the UN battalion, and Canet will play a French commander who led the siege.
Written by Kevin Brodbin (“Constantine”), the film will be directed by Richie Smyth. It’s scheduled to go into production in April, with filming set to take place in Ireland and South Africa. Alan Moloney will produce for Parallel Films (“Haywire”), which sold the film to Netflix at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival.
“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’s content chief Ted Sarandos in a statement. “This film will be an amazing addition to our global original films initiative.”Tags: Berlin Film Festival, feature film, Guillaume Canet, Jadotville, Jamie Dornan, Netflix, netflix originals, Parallel Films