British actor Benedict Cumberbatch of “Sherlock,” “Doctor Strange” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness” is to play an elite spy in historical thriller “Ironbark.”
Instrumental to solving the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis by providing a crucial link to a Russian double agent, British businessman and MI5 operative Greville Wynne provided an insight into Soviet nuclear progress but was captured and then imprisoned in 1963.
Benedict Cumberbatch is now adding “Ironbark,” a film based on Wynne’s espionage activities, to his list of public commitments, ahead of the project being presented to interested parties at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 8-19.
It’s a return to the realm of spy stories for Cumberbatch, who was also involved in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” albeit in a more minor way.
Dominic Cooke, a director on season 2 of Shakespearean adaptation “The Hollow Crown” and the Saoirse Ronan romantic drama “On Chesil Beach,” is to direct “Ironbark” from a script written by Tom O’Connor of action movies “Fire with Fire” and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.”