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Benedict Cumberbatch to star in spy thriller Ironbark

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Story by Jack Foley

BENEDICT Cumberbatch is to star in the new spy thriller Ironbark.

Based on the true story of Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch), the film will follow the British businessman who helped the CIA penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the Cold War.

Wynne and his Russian source, Oleg Penkovsky, provided the crucial intelligence that ended the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach) will direct and executive produce with Cumberbatch and Tom O’Connor (The Hitman’s Bodyguard). The project is based on a spec script by O’Connor.

FilmNation Entertainment will debut Ironbark to buyers at the 2018 Cannes Marche du Film (Cannes Film Market) next week.

Glen Basner, CEO of FilmNation Entertainment, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Benedict again and to have his abundant creativity on both sides of the camera. Dominic is a master director and he and Benedict’s work together on The Hollow Crown produced breath-taking results. We anticipate a very exciting second collaboration on Ironbark.”

Emmy Award® winner and Academy Award® nominee Cumberbatch is currently starring in Avengers: Infinity War and Showtime’s hotly anticipated mini-series Patrick Melrose.

Dominic Cooke is a four-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated director. His prominent directorial work at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre includes The Crucible and Follies.

Cooke most recently completed his feature film directorial debut, On Chesil Beach, starring Academy Award® nominated actress Saoirse Ronan.

O’Connor’s writing career began with his spec script, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which made the 2011 Black List. The film was released last year, starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, and was the number one movie in America for three weeks running.

Currently, O’Connor is writing the forthcoming sequel, The Hitman’s Bodyguard 2. A former advertising executive, O’Connor is a member of the Writers Guild of America.