Jamie Dornan has landed recurring roles on TV dramas like the fairy tale-inspired Once Upon The Time and the chilling crime-thriller The Fall, but 2015 is expected to launch him to movie stardom as the male lead in the much-ogled over romance Fifty Shades of Grey. Looking ahead, this Belfast-born dreamboat has landed a new and newly thrilling adaptation that's due to shoot next month.
THR reports Jamie Dornan has signed on to star in The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Based on the best-selling novel by Liz Jensen, this psychological thriller will be helmed by Alexandre Aja, who'll soon terrorize audiences with his adaptation of the Joe Hill novel Horns.
The 9th Life of Louis Drax centers on titular boy, who goes on a picnic with his parents on his ninth birthday. This joyful event becomes a nightmare when little Louis falls from a cliff. He is knocked into a coma. His mother is shell-shocked, and his father has disappeared. Forced to unlock the mystery of what happened on that fateful day is Dr. Pascal Dannachet, a specialist on comas who hopes to probe the depths of the injured boy's memories.
Jamie Dornan is the first cast member announced, and is poised to play the inquisitive Dr. Pascal Dannachet.
Curiously, Max Minghella, an actor who will play a pivotal role in Alexandre Aja's Horns, wrote the adapted screenplay of The 9th Life of Louis Drax. It's his first produced script, but originally it was intended to be made by his father, Academy Award-winning director Anthony Minghella. Miramax first optioned Liz Jensen's The 9th Life of Louis Drax back in 2004, with the father and son Minghella attached to make a movie come alive. Tragically, the celebrated helmer of such acclaimed films as The English Patient and Cold Mountain died in the spring of 2008.
Fitting of its name, The 9th Life of Louis Drax has been given a second life, with Aja at the helm and Max Minghella producing. Speaking of their collaboration, Aja said:
"Max's script takes us on a very emotional journey through the deep recesses of the mind and on a suspenseful Hitchcockian ride. I was drawn to the poignant family drama and the supernatural elements, and am excited to bring this rich and complex story to life."
But this is not the only resurrection within this production. The 9th Life of Louis Drax marks Miramax's return to filmmaking. The company that produced such celebrated indies as Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare In Love had turned its attention to its library of films, over making new ones. Considering their past successes, we're thrilled to see Miramax saddle up once more.
Production on The 9th Life of Louis Drax is set to kick off in Vancouver this October. Overseas distribution rights for the film will be on sale at the Toronto International Film Festival later this month.