Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment has boarded as a financier and producer on Sean Ellis’ Anthropoid, starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders). Also joining the previously announced cast is Charlotte Le Bon (Yves Saint Laurent).
Ellis (Metro Manila) also co-wrote the script Anthony Frewin (Colour Me Kubrick: A True…ish Story). Principal photography will commence on 13 July 2015 in Prague. The film tells the story of how the Allied forces carried out missions during World War II to assassinate Nazi SS-General Reinhard Heydrich. Nicknamed “The Butcher of Prague”, Heydrich had enjoyed a meteoric rise through the SS ranks and was at the time second only to Himmler and Hitler in the Third Reich’s hierarchy. Trained by British forces, two soldiers from Czechoslovakia’s army-in-exile were to be parachuted into their homeland with a daring assignment: to assassinate the man many saw as Hitler’s natural successor.
Anthropoid is produced by Mickey Liddell (The Grey) and Pete Shilaimon (In Secret) for LD Entertainment, Leonard Glowinski (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) for 22H22, Anita Overland (Rush) and Chris Curling (Hannibal Rising), and executive produced by Jennifer Monroe (Disconnect). Krystof Mucha and David Ondricek of Lucky Man Films are co-producers for the Czech Republic. ICM Partners packaged the film and will be handling the North American sale with UTA. Altitude Film Sales is managing international sales.
Sean Ellis is represented by ICM Partners and Independent Talent Group; Jamie Dornan is represented by UTA and United Artists; Cillian Murphy is represented by CAA, Lou Coulson Associates and Lisa Richards Agency; Charlotte Le Bon is represented by UTA and Agence Adequat.
The only thing worse than a model/actress, the old snarky joke goes, is a model/actor. And I might once have snarked along with that joke, until I met Jamie Dornan. Jamie and I became friends exactly a decade ago, when he was 22 and I was 26 and a mutual friend introduced us at a party. Neither of us, to be honest, was in the best of shape at the time. He was heartbroken after the recent end of his long-term relationship with Keira Knightley (it took about a month before I even saw him smile) and I, meanwhile, was deep in my belief that the way to make the most of my 20s was to get as wasted as possible, as often as possible. But somehow, through our own personal fogs, we clicked.
Someone whispered to me early on that Jamie was a model, but I didn’t pay much attention to this information. It wasn’t until I went to New York for fashion week a few months after meeting him and saw him nearly naked on a giant billboard advert for Calvin Klein that I began to think my condescension might have been a tad misplaced. In fact, my new sweet and sweary friend from Belfast was one of the most successful male models in the world at the time, working for Dior Homme, Aquascutum, Zara, Armani and dozens of others. But you would never have known it from talking to him: as much as I tried to goad him by quoting Zoolander, he would just shrug and smile and change the subject. He never mentioned that he had spent the day, say, writhing naked with Gisele or Eva Mendes for a shoot, as most young men might reasonably have done, and in 10 years of knowing him I have never once seen him glance at his reflection in a mirror or window. I’ve never even heard him mention going to the gym.
He’s married now, to film composer Amelia Warner, and father to 16-month-old Dulcie. But when he was single, he was neither a shagger nor a flirt. Though some of my female friends made it very clear they would be happy to do either with him, he simply seemed to have no interest in his looks, or the benefits they could bring.
Today is the first and only time I’ve seen him wear a fashion freebie; we meet for this interview in a west London cafe and he turns up, having come straight from the golf course, wearing a cap with the slogan “Double Bogey” on the rim. “A golfwear company gave it to me; isn’t it cool?” grins the former face of Calvin Klein.
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The BBC’s Gillian Anderson drama The Fall will return for a third series, finally revealing the fate of the serial killer played by Jamie Dornan.
The second series of the BBC2 thriller, one of the channel’s most popular dramas of last year, ended like the first, on a cliffhanger, with Dornan’s Paul Spector lying shot in the arms of detective Stella Gibson (Anderson).
Both stars will return for a new five-part run of the Belfast-based drama which the BBC, announcing its recommission on Tuesday, said would bring the story to a close. It is likely to air next year.
Writer and director Allan Cubitt said: “The cliffhanger ending of season two was conceived in the hope of further exploring the characters and the themes that are at the heart of The Fall.”
Dornan was a relative unknown when the first series aired in 2013, after which he said he felt “scarred” by inhabiting the mind of a serial killer.
But the former Calvin Klein underwear model has since been catapulted to global stardom playing Christian Grey in the film version of Fifty Shades of Grey.
More than 3 million viewers watched the second series of The Fall, with 3.6 million people tuning in to the feature-length finale last December.
The award-winning drama has also been controversial for its depiction of violence against women. Cubitt has rejected the charge, describing it as a “dissection of a certain kind of male view, an exploration of misogyny”.
BBC director general Tony Hall also defended the series, describing it as “remarkable, critically very well received. I couldn’t stop watching it”.
The BBC said the new series would see the relationship between Spector and Gibson “intensify … and the story of the investigation into the murders become more complex and intricate”.
The BBC’s controller of drama commissioning, Ben Stephenson, said: “The story is far from over. Allan has known the end game from the beginning – the cat and mouse game between Gillian and Jamie has one last act to play out. Who will win?”
Anderson, who is also one of its producers, said at the programme launch last year that she was keen to bring the character back for a third time.
“Who she is and everything she stands for and how she operates – I find that very compelling and I don’t feel like I have really seen that before,” said Anderson.
“She makes it very clear how she feels about violence against women, how these women are represented and how they are perceived. She is a supporter of women and women being treated respectfully and she doesn’t mince words. It’s in her bones. I like that about her.”
Commissioned by BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw and Stephenson, The Fall is made by Fables in association with Artists Studio, part of the Endemol Shine group.
Shillinglaw said she wanted “programme makers to come to BBC2 to do their most distinctive and signature work”.
Gub Neal, producer at Artists Studio, added: “It’s thrilling to be continuing the story between Stella Gibson and Paul Spector. A third season gives Allan Cubitt and Artists Studio a chance to pursue the investigation in a way that few crime dramas ever do and complete a cycle of events which will have held audiences for over three years.”
Netflix will premiere war thriller “Jadotville,” starring Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), across all its territories in 2016.
The film is slated to go into production in April, shooting in Ireland and South Africa. The project was brought to the European Film Market at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival by Alex Walton’s Bloom; the deal with Netflix was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group.
Netflix acquired all rights to “Jadotville” and will debut the film on its Internet subscription VOD services. In addition, the company may also release the film theatrically for a qualifying run.
“Jadotville” tells the true story of the 1961 siege of a 150-member Irish U.N. battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Dornan) by 3,000 Congolese troops, led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Film also stars Guillaume Canet (“Tell No One”) as the French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men.
Netflix announced the pact for the Dornan-toplined film after erotic drama “Fifty Shades” pulled down a record $94.4 million over the four-day President’s Day weekend at the U.S. box office. Dornan is repped by UTA and United Agents.
“Jadotville” is directed by Richie Smyth, a commercial and musicvideo director (U2, Bon Jovi, the Verve) and written by Kevin Brodbin (“Constantine”). Alan Moloney will produce for Parallel Films (“Haywire,” “Albert Nobbs,” “Byzantium”).
“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. “This film will be an amazing addition to our global original films initiative.”
Added Moloney, “As filmmakers, we are constantly looking for new ways to bring a movie to the largest possible audience. Netflix has already reinvented the TV market and is now moving front and center into the film business.”
Netflix’s other movie projects include a deal with Adam Sandler for four films and an agreement with Weinstein Co. and Imax to debut the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” simultaneously in theaters and on Netflix in August 2015. In addition, Netflix last month reached a deal with indie filmmakers and thesps Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass to produce four movies, which will have a brief theatrical release before becoming available exclusively on Netflix.
Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James’s 2011 tale of sex and submission, has sold more than 100 million copies and inspired a cottage industry of extremely graphic erotica. Along the way, it has also sparked a public symposium on what separates the genuinely titillating from just good marketing. So it’s interesting that in choosing a director for their hotly anticipated screen adaptation, which maintains the novel’s many overheated bondage scenes, the producers turned to Sam Taylor-Johnson. She first made her name (which was then Sam Taylor-Wood) in 1998 as a Turner Prize–nominated artist with a penchant for photographs and videos that seduce with a quiet watchfulness. “I had to be faithful to the book,” says Taylor-Johnson, who took the shots on these pages. “There were, if you like, manacles. But there was also room for trespassing.”
In the movie, as in the book, Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) meets her Prince Charming in the rich, handsome Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), whose guarded veneer is both alluring and frustrating. “The whole book, and the movie, is about control,” Taylor-Johnson says. “And in a sense, the whole process of making the movie also became about control. This is my first studio film”—she made the 2009 indie Nowhere Boy—“so I quickly wised up to the fact that I couldn’t free-form it too much. Coming from a totally autonomous position to answering to a lot of people can be kind of a shock initially.”
While she would never consider a potential film franchise shouldering a reported $40 million budget and a frightfully ardent fan base as anything akin to her art, Taylor-Johnson does manage to use her eye for the slow burn, honed in work like her 2004 video portrait of the soccer star David Beckham sleeping, to great erotic effect. After all, what’s in front of you is often less stimulating than what you can only imagine. “When you see something, it’s all over,” Taylor-Johnson says. Not that the film lacks sex scenes. “We do get there eventually.” She laughs. “We definitely get there.”
It is a flawless LA morning, the sun already high enough to fill a sixth-floor suite of the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel. Yet despite the glow streaming through the windows, Jamie Dornan seems worried. The Northern Irish actor (who is also one of the highest-paid male models in the world) has the expression of a man about to leap out of a plane. It is the first day of a press junket marathon for the movie release of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, the sure-to-be-divisive adaptation of the global erotic phenomenon. And the film’s relatively unknown star senses he might be thrown to the lions.
At 32, Dornan has only just begun his ascent to the A list. As a brooding serial killer in BBC crime drama ‘The Fall’, he established himself as an acting force to be reckoned with, but with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, Dornan has been thrust at hyperspeed into the limelight. Playing the lead character of Christian Grey, he’s gone from being a torso to swoon over in the occasional Calvin Klein ad to being an icon woven for ever into the silky fabric of female fantasy.
In case you’ve been living in an Amish village, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is a romantic novel with lots of sex – lots of rough, masochistic sex. When it was published in 2011, it was just what the reading public had been breathlessly waiting for. With the book garnering legions of fans, the movie has been hotly debated. And under the unexpected direction of artist Sam Taylor-Johnson, it’s predicted to be either sheer genius or pure junk.
At the centre of the debate is Dornan: gorgeous, mysterious, not yet that famous – and cast at astonishingly short notice. The question is: will ‘Fifty Shades’ make him man of the moment or the critics’ whipping boy?
This isn’t your everyday Hollywood starring role.
‘No. People are… well, let’s just say if you’re into it, it seems you’re really into it.’
And if they hate it, they’ll hate you?
‘I think for this series of books particularly, people have very strong opinions about who their Christian Grey is and who their Anastasia Steele is. Some people will be happy enough with the film. And some will be rabidly disappointed.’
How did you land the part? People must have fantasised about all kinds of big stars playing Christian Grey.
‘It was very peculiar. I auditioned, then they cast someone else [English actor Charlie Hunnam] and I moved on. But then it came around again. From the day I got cast to the day we started shooting was only a month. Which is insane.’
Wow, that must have been intense.
‘I hope I never have to go into a job like that again. My wife was very heavily pregnant at the time. We had our daughter three days before we started filming. In a way, I didn’t have enough time to overthink things. I just had to grin and bear it and be like: Right, this is happening. It’s quite a big deal. I have to make sure I’m as ready as I can be in the allotted time.’
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The star of the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey – and number three in GQ’s Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015 – talks to GQ about S&M and describes what it’s like to film a sex scene. Read this exclusive preview and see two photos from February’s issue of British GQ.
On his character in Fifty Shades of Grey
“In the course of researching this character, I have seen the reality very closely. I can tell you from an alarmingly first-hand perspective it’s not altogether sexy. But I’ve been in a dungeon with a lukewarm beer while a dominant has had some fun with his submissive and it was very playful and jovial and not at all dark and serious. There was a lot of laughter…”
On filming the sex scenes
“Your dignity is intact as much as it’s all tucked away in a little flesh-coloured bag… As a guy you put all your essentials in a little bag and you tie it up like a little bag of grapes and it’s tucked away. Its quite a peculiar thing to do every day.”
“I’m an extremely liberal person, I don’t give a f***. If people are into that they’re into that. By the way, if people make such a hoo-hah about the violence against women aspect of it, it’s far more common for men to be the submissive. And it’s consensual! There’s weirder shit than that. I think plane spotting is far weirder than S&M. That I really don’t get. I can understand why people are into S&M, but standing outside Heathrow Terminal 5 waiting for Ryanair to come in?”
Reflecting on his life
“I feel good that I have my life in order. I’m not addicted to anything that I’m aware of. I’m not 21. I’m married to the most understanding person I’ve ever met. I have a baby. I think those are good things that stand me in decent stead going into whatever it is.”
Jamie Dornan and Fifty Shades of Grey fans have been waiting for over a year for his take on the part of Christian Grey.
And ELLE UK scored the world exclusive shoot and interview, which will run in our February issue. Pre-order it here.
For now, a few teasers. Firstly Mr Dornan arrived direct from one Mr Eddie Redmayne’s stag do (Eddie stars on our January issue collector’s cover, get it here). We have never seen anyone so tired and still vertical. Yet even one-step-short-of-comatose he sent the temperature through the roof.
Secondly, he told us all about researching the part of Christian Grey. So how does a nice lad from Holywood, Co. Down, prepare to play THIS sexual sadist (as opposed to the sexual sadist serial killer he plays in The Fall)?
He visits a sex-dungeon of course. “I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did…whatever they were into. I saw a dominant with one of his two submissives,” he says.
There was plenty of kink… and plenty laughter. “I was like: ‘Come on guys I know I’m not paying for this but I am expecting a show.’ It was an interesting evening. Then going back to my wife and newborn baby afterwards… I had a long shower before touching either of them.”
We also made an exclusive Word Games film of our cover shoot. He’s pretty, deadpan and funny – just how we like them.
Mr Dornan will also appear on a special digital edition cover. So if you want an additional shot download the issue when it goes on sale on 2nd January.
Fifty Shades of Grey is in cinemas February 13th.
Netflix has announced that it will premiere the six-episode second season of BBC Two’s critically-acclaimed drama series “The Fall” exclusively in the US and Latin America on January 16, 2015 at 12:01am PT.
“The Fall” is BBC Two’s highest-rated drama series in ten years (with season one currently streaming on Netflix), and its Belfast, Northern Ireland-set second season promises the return of Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson of “The X-Files”), on the trail of serial killer Paul Spector as played by Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey).
Here’s the official synopsis: Following Season 1’s gripping cliff-hanger and despite Gibson and Spector never actually meeting on screen, the chemistry between the two characters was electric and the escalating rivalry became the lynchpin of the first season and left the audience crying out for more. This critically-acclaimed series picks up immediately from where series one left off, with Gibson in pursuit of Spector. A personal link from Spector’s past opens up some clues for Gibson but provokes Spector in a way that threatens to jeopardize the whole investigation. Gibson is forced to take ever greater risks but the closer she comes to capturing him, the more Spector trespasses into her private world, delighting in taunting and provoking her. As the net gradually tightens around him he becomes psychologically ever more dangerous and destructive.
“The Fall” Season 2 is written and directed by Emmy-Award winning Allan Cubitt and produced by Emmy-winning producer Gub Neal and Julian Stevens, along with executive producers Allan Cubitt, Justin Thompson-Glover, Patrick Irwin and Gillian Anderson.
Holywood-born hunk Jamie Dornan has had one eventful year. He’s tied the knot, become a dad for the first time, and finished filming what is tipped to be next year’s movie blockbuster, Fifty Shades of Grey.
And of course, there was The Fall.
“You know, when I first auditioned for it, I was so relieved,” the actor, 32, told Sunday Life.
“The first thing I said to Allan [Cubitt] was, this is so lovely to read something set in this part of the world that doesn’t involve the Troubles directly or sectarianism, or any of those crap things that hold this country back.
“Not that it’s some kind of love story or altogether positive, but it’s just refreshing that it wasn’t about that. And you know, why not set it here?
“There’s no definitive need for it to be set in Belfast, but it’s a great backdrop, and it’s been said so many times — Belfast is like a character in the show. And I totally agree with that.
“Am I proud? Yeah, I’m definitely proud.”
And so he should be.
Not only is the award-winning Belfast-based drama the BBC’s most successful in over two decades — it also catapulted the former underwear model to huge acting fame.
So when it came to taking on the killer role for a second time, it was never in doubt — despite his hectic showbiz schedule.
Speaking to Sunday Life on set of the new series of The Fall, Jamie said: “There’s been a bit of juggling around but my goal has always been to be here.
“I’ve had about a week off in a year, and I think I’ve aged rapidly, but that’s fine!”
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