As reported by Variety, spy thriller “Ironbark” starring Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, has been acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, in one of the most eagerly awaited sales at the Sundance film festival.
“Ironbark,” tells the true story of Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch), a British businessman who came to the aide of the CIA in order to help them gain intelligence on the Soviet nuclear program. Emmy Award winner Rachel Brosnahan is also part of the cast, along with BAFTA nominee Jessie Buckley, Merab Ninidze and Kirill Pirogov.
Cumberbatch is no stranger to historical period pieces, having starred in “The Current War”, “The Imitation Game” and “War Horse” in recent years, as well as a small role in “1917.”
British director Dominic Cooke made his debut in 2017 with “On Chesil Beach” starring Saoirse Ronan, which was named one of the ten best films at the Toronto International Film Festival that year.
Roadside most recently distributed the Judy Garland biopic “Judy,” with Rene Zellweger currently the frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar. She wouldn’t be Roadside’s only big winner in recent years, with Casey Affleck picking up a statue for Manchester by the Sea.
“Ironbark” was thought to be one of the most fiercely contested films coming out of the Sundance festival, and no doubt those involved with Lionsgate and Roadside will be happy to have picked the feature up. It had its world premiere on 24 January and received a positive reaction from those in attendance.
As a period piece, it may generate Oscar buzz in the design categories, in particular production and costume. Cumberbatch could also prove to be a contender, but it remains to be seen how “Ironbark” will fare once it hits general audiences.
“Ironbark” is one of several films to have been picked up from the festival in recent days, with “Palm Springs” starring Andy Samberg, and Alan Ball’s “Uncle Frank” among those to have found distribution.
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