Exclusive: First Still From The 9th Life Of Louis Drax

Jamie Dornan is a man on wires

Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t the only Jamie Dornan show in town. The smooth-as-a-pint-of-silk Irishman also has The 9th Life Of Louis Drax upcoming and Empire has been to the film’s Vancouver set to whip up… okay, gather some info on the supernatural thriller. Starting with this first-look still from the film that sees Dornan jumpstarting a car with his mind. At least, we think that’s what he’s doing here. Feel free to completely disagree. The film tells the story of Louis Drax, a boy in a coma (Aiden Longworth, Hector And The Search For Happiness) whose mental journeys will no doubt tease some striking visuals from the director. By his bedside is Dornan’s neurologist, Dr. Allan Pascal, who fights to awaken him from his comatose state. The twist? Louis’s injured state may not have been an accident. Aaron Paul, Louis’ dad, is prime suspect after the clifftop fall that now threatens his life.

On-set touchstones for the film, the latest from Frenchman Alexandre ‘Horns’ Aja, include Otto Preminger and the Master himself. “It reminded me of films like Vertigo or Bunny Lake Is Missing,” enthuses Dornan’s co-star Sarah Gadon. If it’s a third as good as that Hitchcock classic, we’re in for a treat. Frankly, we'd take an unashamedly hammy '90s-style Shattered-alike thriller in a heartbeat, too. We miss those.

Find out when it heads UK-wards later this year or pick up the new Empire for more in our On Location report.