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Jamie Dornan has made a name for himself of late playing brooding anti-heroes: there’s Paul Spector, a serial killer terrorizing Belfast and Gillian Anderson in The Fall, and then of course there’s Christian Grey, a man who takes a hands-on approach to getting his Scouts’ merit badge in Simple Knots.

Now he’s playing Dr. Allan Pascal, a psychologist in upcoming supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Based on Liz Jensen‘s best-selling novel of the same title, the story follows Pascal as he finds himself drawn not only into the mysterious circumstances that led up to nine-year-old Louis (Aiden Longworth) suffering a near-fatal fall from a cliff’s edge, but also to the boy’s mother (Sarah Gadon).

It’s never a simple boy-meets-girl with him, is it? Dr. Pascal taps into the boy’s unconscious mind, which, if we believe the movies, is never a good idea, and, sure enough, forces are unleashed that test the boundaries between fantasy and reality.

That’s not to say there’s anything formulaic about this movie. In charge is Alexandre Aja, the director behind The Hills Have Eyes and 2013’s Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe, while the screenplay was written by Max Minghella, an actor (The Ides of March, The Social Network) and the son of the late Anthony Minghella, who originally optioned the book before his death in 2008.

If that wasn’t tempting enough, then Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul also stars as the boy’s father, with Molly Parker (House of Cards, Deadwood), Barbara Hershey (Black Swan), and Oliver Platt (The Big C, Chef) also co-starring.

Here’s the trailer:

“Maybe he figured it out,” says Louis’ mom. “Sometimes I think he figured it all out.” But what? And who?

You’ve got to wait a few months yet to find out: The 9th Life of Louis Drax opens on limited release September 2.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.