Swedish press have reported that Mikael Persbrandt will feature alongside Jamie Dornan and Guillaume Canet in the film Jadotville, which Netflix will premiere next year.
After exiting the hit Swedish crime series Beck and landing a role in Guy Ritchie’s next feature, Knights of The Round Table: King Arthur, Mikael Persbrandt has secured his next role on the big screen. And quite a role it is.
Multiple Guldbagge Awards winner Persbrandt will play Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations and a Nobel Prize winner (posthumous), in the war thriller Jadotville.
Jadotville depicts the true story of the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies — a siege that Hammarskjöld attempted to end with a peace treaty.
BAFTA TV nominee and Irish Film and Television Awards winner Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall) stars as Quinlan, and César and Lumières Awards winner Guillaume Canet (Tell No One, The Beach) 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,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
Written by Kevin Brodbin (Constantine), directed by commercial and music video director Richie Smyth (U2, Bon Jovi), and produced by Alan Moloney (Byzantium) for Parallel Films, Jadotville was acquired by Netflix at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival.
Jadotville goes into production this month, with filming to take place in Ireland and South Africa, and premieres exclusively on Netflix across all of its territories in 2016.
Persbrandt is currently filming Alone in Berlin, a drama about a couple who join the Nazi resistance, which is adapted from the novel (original title Every Man Dies Alone) and stars Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Brendan Gleeson (Calvary).
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