Sunday, 19 April 2015

Mark Strong heads for Jadotville

Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service) has recently added another film to his typically busy roster. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that he is set to co-star with Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Of Grey) in the war thriller Jadotville.

Set in 1961, the film follows the real life events around the siege of an Irish UN battalion by 3,000 Congolese troops under the command of French and Belgian mercenaries paid by big mining companies. Dornan is set as the Irish commander, Patrick Quinlan, with Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) in charge of the French contingent. There is no word yet as to who Strong will play.

Netflix nabbed the rights to distribute the film at this year's Berlin Film Festival, signalling the streaming service's ever increasing push into original content. "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," Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. "This film will be an amazing addition to our global original films initiative."

Strong, who was last seen in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), will next be seen in science fiction thriller Ad Inexplorata and Sacha Baron Cohen's (The Dictator) latest comedy, Grimsby, which recently moved to 12 February next year.

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