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Parallel Films' ‘The Siege of Jadotville’ to Star Jamie Dornan
06 Aug 2014 :
Director Richie Smith
The film will shoot in the spring of 2015 in Ireland and South Africa as soon as Jamie has finished his publicity commitments for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’.

Parallel Films have announced details of its forthcoming project ‘The Siege of Jadotville’ by writer Kevin Brodbin and director Richie Smith, with Jamie Dornan taking his first leading role since starring in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. The project has been developed in association with the Irish Film Board and will be an official Irish/South African co-production.

‘The Siege of Jadotville’ will be directed by first time feature director and veteran commercials and music video director Richie Smith. Originally from Dublin, Richie has been working internationally his entire career with talents that include U2, The Verve, and Bon Jovi. Recently he picked up 9 best director international awards for his work on a Child Abuse campaign. Presently he’s filming in New York on a Showtime project.

Richie said today in New York, "I'm really excited to be working with Jamie on ‘The Siege of Jadotville’. I thought his performance in ‘The Fall’ was sublime. He is perfectly cast in the lead role as Commandant Quinlan and has been instrumental in bringing this epic story to life."

Jamie Dornan said "I can't wait to get stuck into Jadotville. 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 Smith and Alan Moloney and I'm very much looking forward to working with them both."

‘The Siege of Jadotville’ is a taut geo-political action thriller which centres around 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. What happened next was a scene of extraordinary bravery and saw Quinlan and his troops hold out against a force of 3000 local troops led by French and Belgian Mercenaries working for the mining companies. Dornan will play Commandant Pat Quinlan, the Irishman who led the UN battalion.

“We are delighted that Jamie has come on board”, said producer Alan Moloney of Parallel Films. “Kevin has written a great script and Richie is long overdue his movie debut. This is an action thriller that Jamie is going to shine in”.

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