The beginning of this year was disappointingly Jamie Dornan-lite; he’s been squirreled away in Canada for most of it filming Fifty Shades Darker. But September heralds a new beginning and Dornan can be seen in all of his gorgeousness in not one, not two, not three but FOUR new projects. We rejoice.
First up is The 9th Life Of Louis Drax (in cinema now) where Dornan plays Dr. Allan Pascal, a celebrated coma specialist who takes a special interest in the case of Louis Drax, a nine-year-old-kid who falls off a cliff - in mysterious circumstances - and remains in a coma. Like a cross between a Stephen King flick crossed with typical detective noir, this is one to while away a rainy Sunday afternoon to.
Next is Anthropoid, an account of two freedom fighter who attempt to assassinate the ‘Butcher of Prague’ in this World War II drama. Fellow Irish actor Cillian Murphy also stars – so you’ve got two hotties for the price of one. One to watch with the boyfriend.
Then there’s the Netflix original drama, The Seige of Jadotville, released theatrically in Ireland on September 19 before premiering globally on Netflix October 7. This is the gripping true story of incredible bravery against impossible odds and depicts the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish UN battalion under Commander Patrick Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Marvel at Dornan’s moustache – he’s giving Tom ‘Magnum’ Selleck a run for his money in this one.
But best of all, come last October/Early November he’s back in the third (and final?) series of The Fall. "Bringing Paul Spector (or the world’s most handsome serielkiller, played by Jamie Dornan) to book is going to take much more now than simply holding him in custody," reads the official series synopsis. "In the emotionally charged aftermath of the shooting, Gibson's personal journey to exact justice for the victims' families begins with a blood-soaked fight to keep the killer alive." Dornan, meanwhile, has warned fans to, “ expect the unexpected.” There's quite remarkable turns in the third season that I really genuinely think people won't see coming that are hugely exciting."
Bring it on.