Fifty Shades Freed star Jamie Dornan will headline Borderland, an action thriller directed by Game of Thrones helmer Brian Kirk.

News Joseph Baxter

Feb 16, 2018

Jamie Dornan, who completed his co-starring run in the Fifty Shades films with the recent box office-topping finale, Fifty Shades Freed, has been freed to pursue a different kind of movie project, an action thriller called Borderland, in which his prospects for bondage will not be voluntary.

Borderland has cast Jamie Dornan as its star, pit opposite Sam Claflin, reports Screen Daily. With the film set in early 1970s London during a transformative period of the separatist militant movement of the IRA (Irish Republican Army), the Fifty Shades star, Dornan, will play an IRA operative heading a new unit in London with designs for destruction, who is also using the assignment as an opportunity to track down the SAS (Special Air Service) captain (Claflin) who he believes killed his wife in a purportedly accidental shooting. Coincidentally, the SAS captain also happens to be hunting for the IRA avenger.

Brian Kirk will direct Borderland, working off a script by Ronan Bennett. Kirk was behind the camera for a trio of episodes for Game of Thrones during its first season, along with other peak television episode work such as upcoming post-apocalyptic drama Hard Sun and before that on Penny Dreadful, Rogue, Luther, Boardwalk Empire and Dexter. Interestingly, there’s an indirect Game of Thrones connection with scribe Bennett, who scripted and co-created the recently-released historical miniseries Gunpowder, on which Thrones star Kit Harington headlined.

For star Jamie Dornan, Borderland will be yet another project that will help him move on from the luster and/or notoriety of the Fifty Shades film franchise, with dramatic film roles on tap with A Private War, Untogether and Robin Hood (as Will Scarlet) and biopic My Dinner with Hervé (opposite Thrones’ Peter Dinklage). – Co-star Sam Claflin, who is probably still best known as Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games films and the 2016 rom-com, Me Before You (opposite Thrones’ Emilia Clarke), will next be seen in the June-scheduled drama Adrift.

Borderland will arrive from IMR International, with CAA and UTA holding the domestic rights. While no release date has been set, production is reportedly set to commence in London and Dublin this summer.