BAFTA nominee Jamie Dornan (The Fall) and Sam Claflin (Me Before You) have signed on to star in Borderland, an action thriller described as in the vein of Michael Mann’s Heat. Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Luther) is set to direct from a script by BAFTA nominee Ronan Bennett (Top Boy).
Unanimous Entertainment’s Chris Coen (The Childhood of a Leader) is producing along with Rebecca Brown (In the Dark) and Parallel Film Productions’ Alan Moloney (Mary Shelley, Siege of Jadotville). IMR International made the casting announcement and is handling the film at the European Film Market.
Jamie Dornan was most recently seen in the final chapter of the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, opposite Dakota Johnson. Other recent credits include a starring role in the critically acclaimed dramatic series The Fall as well as The 9th Life of Louis Drax, The Siege of Jadotville, Anthropoid, and Once Upon a Time. He just finished up work on Untogether co-starring Jennifer Grey, Alice Eve, and Ben Mendelsohn.
Dornan also completed work on the action adventure Robin Hood in which he plays Will Scarlet with Taron Egerton in the titular role. He’s currently busy with A Private War alongside Rosamund Pike and Stanley Tucci.
Sam Claflin’s credits include Journey’s End, My Cousin Rachel, Their Finest, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, The Hunger Games film franchise, Love, Rosie, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He just completed filming on The Nightingale for writer/director Jennifer Kent and is working on Adrift with Shailene Woodley.
The Borderland Plot: Set in 1970’s London, Borderland is a high-octane character-driven thriller, in the vein of Michael Mann’s Heat. After his wife is accidentally shot dead in Ireland, a member of the IRA takes over an Active Service Unit in the English Capital. Their mission is to cause chaos and destruction while his mission is to hunt down his wife’s killer – an SAS captain (Sam Claflin) who is also hunting him. Principal photography will begin in the summer in Dublin and London.