Benedict Cumberbatch to play a spy in new Dominic Cooke film Ironbark
Fresh from his role as Doctor Strange in Marvel's latest cinematic behemoth Avengers: Infinity War, Benedict Cumberbatch is set to tackle the role of a spy in a new film directed by Dominic Cooke.
Cooke is best known for his extensive work in theatre and as the man behind BBC One's Shakespeare-based drama series The Hollow Crown, in which Cumberbatch starred alongside the likes of Judi Dench and Patrick Stewart. Having recently completed his first feature film On Chesil Beach, which arrives in cinemas next week on May 18th, Cooke has wasted no time in diving into his next project and has reunited with Cumberbatch to tackle a new movie set during the cold war.
Ironbark is based on a true story and will star Cumberbatch as Greville Wynne, a British businessman who helped the CIA glean valuable information about the Soviet nuclear programme during the height of tensions between the USA and the USSR.
Providing the script for Cooke's new film is Tom O'Connor, the screenwriter behind The Hitman's Bodyguard, who has written the story around Wynne and his Russian source Oleg Penkovsky and their role in ending the Cuban missile crisis.
Filmnation and 42, Sunnymarch are producing the film and while there's no release date for Ironbark at this early stage, the Sherlock actor's starring role is confirmed and you can expect more developments in the coming months.