Update: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) cast as Louis Drax’s father, who faces criminal prosecution after Louis’s near-fatal fall.
Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan returns to Vancouver this autumn as the lead in Hitchcockian thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Based on the best-selling novel by Liz Jensen, Louis Drax (Aiden Longworth ) is a boy like no other. Every year he almost dies but miraculously survives. On his ninth birthday, he tumbles off a cliff at a picnic with his parents. His father (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul) disappears. His mother (Sarah Gadon) is traumatized. But Louis is alive, albeit in a deep coma at Dr. Allan Pascal (Fifty Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan)’s coma clinic. Director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) optioned the book in 2004 but did not live to see the film go forward. His son Max Minghella has adapted it and Alexandre Aja (Horns) will direct this “psychological journey through the deep recesses of the human mind”.
This marks Miramax’s return to film production. Bright Lights Pictures is the local producer.
The 9th Life of Louis Drax is expected to film in Vancouver from October 27th to December 15th (dates subject to change).