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Netflix grabs a war drama starring the actor playing Fifty Shades' Christian Grey

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Netflix is picking up another original movie, a war drama that'll star Jamie Dornan — who's currently playing the infamous male lead in Fifty Shades of Grey. Titled Jadotville, the film is about the 1961 siege of an Irish UN battalion composed of just 150 people by an army of 3,000 Congolese troops, according to Variety. It goes into production in April and is expected to debut on Netflix in 2016. It's also possible that the film will have a limited theatrical run so that it can qualify for awards.

Outside of documentaries, this appears to be Netflix's second deal for an individual movie. Its first movie is a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which is scheduled to debut in August. Netflix has also made bulk deals with Adam Sandler and the Duplass Brothers, in both cases grabbing four still-to-be-planned films from both of them. In this case, Netflix knows exactly what movie is going to be made and is willing to pay for the greater costs that likely accompany a large-scale war film. It's not a bad bet: though Dornan is hardly the root of Fifty Shades' success, a lot more people are going to know his name by the time it leaves theaters.