Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) star in new war thriller Jadotville that will premiere on Netflix in 2016.
The film, which goes into production in April, was acquired by Netflix at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. It is directed by Richie Smyth and written by Kevin Brodbin (Constantine). Alan Moloney and Ruth Coady will produce for Parallel Films.
A gripping true story of incredible bravery against impossible odds, Jadotville thrillingly depicts 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.
“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.”
“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.” said Parallel Films’ Alan Moloney.
Jadotville is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2016.