Benedict Cumberbatch to play real-life Cold War spy in thriller ‘Ironbark’

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch will lead the cast of a new Cold War thriller movie set in the 1960s.

Ironbark will tell the incredible true story of Greville Wynne, a British businessman who worked with the CIA to penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the Cold War, providing information that helped end the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The movie will be directed by Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach), who previously collaborated with Cumberbatch on the BBC’s The Hollow Crown.

Ironbark is set to begin filming in early 2019.

Glen Basner, CEO of FilmNation Entertainment told Deadline: “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 breathtaking results. We anticipate a very exciting second collaboration on Ironbark.”

Benedict Cumberbatch is currently starring in new period drama series Patrick Melrose, airing on Sky in the UK and Showtime in the US.