Netflix is setting its sights on the big screen for its latest original film, The Siege of Jadotville.
The film, which stars Jamie Dornan and Guillaume Canet, charts a true story of incredible bravery against impossible odds – when a 150-strong Irish UN battalion was under siege by 3,000 Congolese troops in 1961. Led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies, the siege lasted six days.
Dorn plays Irish Commander Patrick Quinlan, with Canet portraying a French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men.
Directed by Richie Smyth and written by Kevin Brodbin (Constantine), the film will be released in Irish cinemas on 19th September before it hits Netflix globally on Friday 7th October.
Jadotville: Jamie Dornan war film to premiere on Netflix in 2016
16th February 2015
Jamie Dornan’s new film, Jadotville, will premiere on Netflix next year.
The war thriller was picked up by the VOD service at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival – just as Fifty Shades of Grey was being unveiled to the world. If the timing is fortunate, so is the cast, which also includes Tell No One’s Guillaume Canet.
The film tells the true story of the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Dornan) by 3000 Congolese troops, led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Canet plays a French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men.
Directed by Richie Smyth, who has helmed music videos for U2 and Bon Jovi, and written by Kevin Brodbin (Constantine), Jadotville will be filmed in Ireland and South Africa with production starting in April.
“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,” says Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
“This film will be an amazing addition to our global original films initiative.”
“As filmmakers, we are constantly looking for new ways to bring a movie to the largest possible audience. Netflix has already reinvented the TV market and is now moving front and centre into the film business. We are proud and excited to be part of their story and innovation,” adds Parallel Films’ Alan Moloney.
The film will premiere across all Netflix territories in 2016.
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