FilmNation Entertainment has announced that Benedict Cumberbatch is taking on the lead role in Ironbark, the new film from director Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach).
Based on a true story, the film will see Cumberbatch as Greville Wynne, a 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.
“We are delighted to be working with Benedict again and to have his abundant creativity on both sides of the camera,” said Glen Basher, CEO of FilmNation Entertainment. “Dominic is a master director and he and Benedict’s work together on The Hollow Crown produced breathtaking results. We anticipate a very exciting second collaboration on Ironbark.”
Cumberbatch can currently be seen on the big screen reprising his role as Doctor Strange in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, while he also has the Showtime series Patrick Melrose premiering this month.