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Dornan to star in film about Irish soldiers' heroism in the Congo

Suzanne McGonagle s.mcgonagle@irishnews.com

JAMIE Dornan is to star in a film about Irish soldiers' heroism in the Congo.

It was confirmed last night that Netflix has bought the rights to the movie Jadotville, with the film set to go into production in Ireland and South Africa in April.

The Co Down actor will play Commander Patrick Quinlan, a man who once led 150 members of an Irish UN battalion through a siege by some 3,000 Congolese mercenary troops working for mining companies in 1961.

It will be produced by Irish company Parallel Films, written by Kevin Brodbin and directed by Dubliner Richie Smyth.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: "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."

"This film will be an amazing addition to our global original films initiative."

Alan Moloney from Parallel Films said: "As film-makers, we are constantly looking for new ways to bring a movie to the largest possible audience.

"Netflix has already rein-vented 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."

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