It's going to take some smart maneuvering if Jamie Dornan wants to get through Fifty Shades of Grey without developing a serious typecasting problem. Which probably explains his choice of follow-up project: The Siege of Jadotville, a geopolitical thriller/action movie.
Hey, Blood Diamond + The Departed worked for Leonardo DiCaprio!
The news comes via The Hollywood Reporter. Directing will be Richie Smith, a first-timer who's previous made music videos for u2. A summary:
The story is set around the siege of 150 U.N. Irish troops in 1961 in the Congo, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, after pro-Western warlord Moise Tshombe took control of the Katanga region, killing the democratically elected Congolese prime minister Patrice Lamumba. Belfast-born Dornan will play Commandant Pat Quinlan, the Irishman who led the U.N. battalion against a force of 3,000 local troops fighting alongside French and Belgian mercenaries.
Definitely an I'm-a-serious-actor-and-btw-my-eyes-are-up-here choice. Probably best if he lays off the sexy monster roles for a while; my loins are confused enough.
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