Paul Giamatti (left) in IRONCLAD, a film by Jonathan English. Picture courtesy ARC Entertainment. All rights reserved.
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Opened: 07/08/2011 Limited
|AMC Empire 25||07/08/2011 - 07/14/2011||7 days|
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Rated: R for strong graphic brutal battle sequences, and brief nudity.
A Medieval Magnificent Seven, Ironclad is a violent action thriller that tells the true story of a motley crew of tough, battle hardened warriors, who withstood several brutal and bloody months under siege, in a desperate bid to defend their country.
Traveling back to the dark, brutal past of 13-century England, Ironclad plunges us headlong into one of the most violent, pivotal moments in English medieval history - when a few good men fought against insurmountable odds to defend their country from a megalomaniac, blood-drunk king. Torn from the pages of history, the devastating battle for the castle of Rochester is a true story of honour, action and excitement. There will be blood.
The year is 1215. King John (Paul Giamatti) has been forced to sign the Magna Carta, a document that will ensure the freedom of men and form the basis of common law in England. Furious at having been forced to sign it, King John raises a vicious mercenary army and begins a rampage across the country to regain total power. But as the King's army is on the brink of reaching London and taking back control of the country, one last castle stands between him and inevitable victory: Rochester.
Gathered together by Baron Albany (Brian Cox), a small band of rebel warriors gather inside Rochester intent on holding off King John until reinforcements arrive: a Templar Knight (James Purefoy) whose soul is wracked with guilt over the atrocities he has committed during the crusades and his burgeoning feelings for Isabel (Kate Mara), the beautiful lady of the castle and lonely wife of the aging Reginald de Cornhill (Derek Jacobi); battle-hardened mercenaries such as Beckett (Jason Flemyng), who fight not for God and country, but for money and bloodlust; and young soldiers like Guy (Aneurin Barnard), who'll taste blood and battle for the first time -- and perhaps the last.
IRONCLAD marks the third feature for director Jonathan English, from a script written by himself, Erick Kastel and Stephen McDool. The producers are Rick Benattar (SHOOT 'EM UP, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRORDINARY GENTLEMEN), Andrew Curtis (LOST IN LA MANCHA, LIVING GODDESS) and Jonathan English, who have assembled a high-impact team including director of photography David Eggby (MAD MAX, PITCH BLACK), editor Peter Amundson (HELLBOY, GAMER), Production Designer Joseph C Nemec III (TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, THE HILLS HAVE EYES) and Costume Designer Beatrix Aruna Pasztor (THE SECRET OF MOONACRE, THE BROTHERS BLOOM).
Introduction from Director Jonathan English
I've always been completely obsessed with castles. As a boy growing up in London, I visited many of them in both England and Wales. But one castle I'd never been to was Rochester. So when I finished my last film, I did. And it struck me immediately - it had a completely different atmosphere to any castle I had ever been to. Some castles are royal castles or follies for wealthy men. They're very pretty, they have moats, they show the wealth of the men who build them. Rochester feels like a building that was built for war. It literally feels like a battleship.
I started reading about the histories of the castle and a particular battle that had taken place here; how an English King had besieged his own castle, how he'd hired this army of mercenaries and was taking back control of the country after signing the Magna Carta. And how a small group of knights -- surviving on horse meat and water - held the castle against him.
By this point, my mind was spinning. I think before I'd even left the building, I already had one of those moments where you go, 'Wow, that would make a really good movie...'
I wanted to do a gritty, pseudo-realistic, medieval action movie, a movie in the style of 'The Warlords', 'El Cid' and 'The Vikings'. There were a lot of those action-adventure movies made in the late '60s and I really loved them. The real events at Rochester became the broad events of the screenplay - a medieval 'Magnificent Seven' in which a group of hardened men defend the castle. I wanted to show what that was really like. I wanted to create something that hasn't been seen before.
The British Are Coming: An All-Star Indie Action Blockbuster
Raising the bar to an unprecedented new level for British independent movies, IRONCLAD is an allstar action blockbuster that decimates every expectation attached to British cinema. Its epic scope was achieved on a budget that could redefine what is possible for non-studio filmmaking. "I think it's pretty much the largest independent film shot last year," says producer Andrew Curtis. "When you tell people the budget, they cannot believe it. The ambition and scale is huge. I think it's just about the tenacity of British filmmaking. No matter how many times you're told you can't do it, it is entirely possible if you have belief in your ability. For anyone thinking of Britain simply as this little village of filmmakers, the ability to pull that kind of finance together and to create such a believeable world just speaks volumes for what we collectively can achieve with the right mindset."
Launching the project in Cannes 2008, it took producers Andrew Curtis, Rick Benattar and director/co-scripter/producer Jonathan English eighteen months to raise the money. "It's very hard to amass enough deals to get yourself above $20m," says English. "In the end, it was the largest financial closing that most of these companies had ever done. My hope is that it has an impact on the whole independent industry - being able to make large-scale movies like IRONCLAD outside the studio system."
Right from the beginning, the cornerstone of IRONCLAD was the casting of Oscar-nominated, American star Paul Giamatti. Having worked with him on action thriller SHOOT 'EM UP, producer Rick Benattar immediately thought of Giamatti for the role of Ironclad's villainous antagonist King John. "Not only is Paul a brilliant actor, but he's an actor other actors want to play against. We got him signed up to play King John and cast the movie around him. That's how it really started."
For Giamatti, a history buff himself, the chance to play one of medieval England's most infamous monarchs was too good to pass up. "I play Hitler, basically," he laughs. "He's a thwarted man and he's a little twisted from his upbringing. And the period thing is wonderful. For an American it doesn't happen very often. I get mostly fun things to do - I get to hang people and have tongues cut out!"
Following Giamatti came a remarkable -- and remarkably eclectic -- cast of astonishing British talent from almost every living generation. IRONCLAD's cast swelled dramatically, with Derek Jacobi, Jason Flemyng and Mackenzie Crook all signed up quickly. "They're real British talent and each one brings something different to it all," says Benattar. But crucial to the power dynamics of the film was the casting of Baron Albany, the man who stands up to King John. Benattar knew he needed an actor who could hold the screen with Giamatti -- he arrived in the shape of Brian Cox. "When Paul came in, it brought the movie up a level," says Benattar. "But then Brian came along and the two of them together were pretty special. I think it raised the bar, to be honest."
The equivalent of Yul Brynner in Jonathan English's "medieval Magnificent Seven", Cox plays Baron Albany, the man who brings the rebel soldiers together to defend Rochester against the marauding King John.
"It's been a very physical role for me," says Cox. "Albany is really the glue of the whole thing. He's the one who gathers the men together to do it. He's part of a new middle class that really established the notion of Magna Carta. He realises that John is going to go back on his word, so he decides to be the one to stop him."
Having made his name as Marc Anthony in TV series ROME and fresh from sword-swinging duties in SOLOMON KANE, James Purefoy joined as Templar Knight anti-hero Marshall. "We saw him in ROME and he was just so spectacular as a leader and a lover," says Benattar. "And he really brought his own sizzle to the screen. We thought, 'This is the guy. He's a leader of men.' At the beginning of the movie, he takes a vow of silence, because he's a Templar, but when he lets it go, he's awesome."
"What I find exciting is that these are English stories, not American stories," says Jonathan English. "Anything medieval is a European story and it's an incredibly exciting place to create an action movie. Everybody's armed to the teeth and they go around killing each other. I hope what we have done here encourages more British filmmakers to make action movies."
Bringing History Back to Life: Building the Castle
Perhaps as crucial as any character in IRONCLAD is its central figure -- the castle of Rochester itself. Taking twelve weeks to build in the Welsh countryside, the gigantic castle set is based on the structure of the original Rochester castle. "It was a real event, so we felt we wanted to stay within the realms of reality," says Production Designer Joseph C Nemec. "We spent a lot of time researching 11th-, 12th- and 13th-century architecture and what life was like inside a castle. One of the interesting things we discovered was that all the castles were covered in plaster and painted with a lime wash. So they were all white interior rooms, which is fascinating from a research point of view, but we realised that if we did that it would look like 'The Princess Diaries'! We were making a movie about brutal medieval battles! Once you embrace that, you can start having fun with it. It's a big central tower with a small building attached to it. Everybody who sees it the first time says how real it feels to them."
Along with the castle itself, IRONCLAD's crew also built a formidable array of fully-working medieval heavy weaponery used by King John to breach its walls. Along with catapults and trebuchet, IRONCLAD also features a full-size siege tower that plays its part in one of the film's most spectacular action scenes, as King John redoubles his efforts to break the rebel's resistance. "We've got a burning boulder -- a fireball -- hitting the siege tower," explains Nemec. "The boulder hitting it and coming out the back is a practical effect and the guys coming out on fire are real too. Then we enhance it with computer effects. The entire sequence is incredibly realistic.
Surviving Ironclad: Battlefield Conditions
Paul Giamatti coined a phrase during filming: "environment conditions." Stomping through mud, while being hammered by torrents of rain and 60mph winds, the filming of IRONCLAD turned out to be a battle in itself.
"Shooting in Wales particularly towards the end of the year was a conscious decision," says producer Andrew Curtis. "We knew that the weather was going to be bad and it was always going to be a situation where we had a wet set. But right from the outset, it was pouring with rain. Some days we were facing winds of 60-70mph whipping through the castle and tearing the gates off their hinges. It was a miracle that throughout all the wind and rain and wrath of God that there wasn't a single accident on the set. We put everybody through hell. Everybody. And it shows on screen: the grimness, the authencity of the era."
Comfortable, it wasn't. But the savage weather gave IRONCLAD an incredible authenticity, recreating the harshness of Middle Ages in a way the production couldn't have hoped for. The weather also drew the very best of the cast, who responded to the ferocious conditions with performances to match. "Paul did an entire speech standing in the pouring rain, with the wind lashing around him," says English. "And you see it. You see it on his face. Those conditions affect his performance and it's quite amazing to see those results. That class of actor working in that real environment. It's quite a unique thing in the movie, because you do feel the bitterness of it."
Also key to the concussive immersive realism of IRONCLAD's action was a technical crew handpicked for their skills in visceral drama. "I deliberately chose Cinematographer David Eggby, who shot the original MAD MAX and PITCH BLACK, as well as the storyboard artist and cameraoperator from the BOURNE movies, which are an inspiration for this movie as well," says English. "We use an image-shaker to give the battles scenes a very real sense of action, like they did in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, and we also had a couple of the 5D cameras that Michael Bay used for TRANSFORMERS 2. So there are several different brushstrokes. It's a very beautiful looking movie."
Beautiful -- but unquestionably brutal, as Benattar explains: "What's going to separate us from the pack is that we're going to put the hero right in the middle of a medieval battle. We're not just selling a historical epic. You're going to feel it."
There Will Be Blood: Making A Medieval Saving Private Ryan
The fighting starts on page four of the IRONCLAD script. It doesn't stop until the last page. Chief amongst director Jonathan English's goals was a commitment to creating the most brutal action carnage yet seen in the genre.
"Despite the heavyweight actors and the historical backdrop, I wanted to make an action movie," says English. "A movie that's packed with fighting and violence and is a really gritty depiction of the brutality of the early Middle Ages."
Most similar movies had shied away from this kind of no-holds-barred recreation of the realities of medieval combat. But English was adamant that he had a responsibility to show the violence as it really would have taken place. "Very few movies show what it's really like to kill someone with an axe," he says. "How you would have to strike them two or three times. And how they don't die from being hit by the axe, they die from a heart attack that the wound causes, catastrophic blood loss. I wanted to show what these weapons do to people. You pick up a 75lb weapon and hit somebody and the weapon hits you at 30mph, the damage that causes to the human body is shocking."
While researching the horrific weaponry used in Middle-Ages England and the damage it could cause, the special-effects team likened it to watching a car accident. "That kind of sickening feeling you have when you seen a car accident caught on video and you see the patheticness of the human body when it's hit by heavy, blunt metal objects, travelling at that velocity," says English. "Shocking. Absolutely shocking brutal violence. This hasn't really been seen before."
Packing three huge-scale battles and many small, desperate skirmishes through its story, IRONCLAD offered leading man James Purefoy the chance to handle a medieval weapon rarely seen on screen. "I've done a lot of sword movies now, but I've never done a sword movie with a long sword, where I've really trained properly to do it," explains Purefoy. "It's a beautiful, fantastic weapon - five and a half feet long, razor sharp down either side."
Fighting with the long sword resulting in a new kind of brutal, balletic choreography, due entirely the immense size and weight of the weapon. "Once you set the beast in motion, you then hold on to it and you spin an awful lot," says Purefoy. "That momentum just keeps moving. We've done tests and we know that a long sword can take off an arm in a single blow. We call it Florence, because you have to go with the flow - and there's nothing you can do about it."
For Purefoy, too, it was a gratifying opportunity to show a kind of violence that swerved clear of mere gratuitous bloodletting. "It's violent in the sense that it's real," he says. "I've always been of the opinion that if you're going to show violence, show it. I can't bear violence that has no effect on the people it's happening to. I can't bear punch ups where nobody gets hurt. Punch ups really hurt. And I want people, young men especially, when they're watching stuff, to know, it's not something you get up from."
Happily, no one on set had to prove it the hard way. Despite the fireballs, battle axes and five-foot swords, none of the actors picked up any serious injuries. Something that left Purefoy surprised -- and relieved. "Amazingly, I don't think we've shed blood," he says. "I'm just further away from everybody, because of the sword. There's five and a half feet there -- they can't really get me."
Bleeding Hearts: The Emotions of Ironclad
For all its limb-hacking action and spectacular set-pieces, IRONCLAD's close-quarter drama is just as vital to its impact. Central to this is the character of Marshall, played by James Purefoy, who emerges as a man tormented by a dark past and a wounded sense of honour and faith.
"Marshall has been out to the Holy Land, where he has committed a kind of Mai Lai-style massacre," explains Purefoy. "He says, 'Men have gone out there defending the faith and returned questioning it.' So he's come back, put on a vow of silence for a year, and contemplated his relationship with God."
Not helping things much is the fact that Marshall's brother in arms has just had his tongue cut out by King John -- right in front of him. "And King John does it with the Pope's blessing," says Purefoy. "So then he sides with Baron Albany against the Roman Catholic church -- his church. So he's in a really complicated place. Which means he's vulnerable... and he falls in love with Lady Isabel. He's trying to stay away, but he can't deny that the moment he saw her, it was like a thunderclap. That's what is great about this. Although it's a massive, intimate action picture, it's actually a very beautiful character piece."
Surrounded by alpha-male aggression, storming emotions and splattering blood, Kate Mara steps up as IRONCLAD's female lead. "I only kill a few people," laughs Mara. "It's the magnificent seven really and they've considered me the half. The magnificent seven and a half!" As the lady of Rochester castle, Mara's character finds her life thrown out of kilter by the arrival of the rebels -- and particularly Marshall. "It's this mixture of fear and relief," says Mara. "Isabel has a strained relationship with her husband, played by Derek Jacobi. And when she sees Marshall for the first time, they have a connection without even speaking. It sort of changes her whole world really."
"The love story is really important," agrees Jonathan English. "As much as I love the sword fights, the catapults, the axes and the castles, with an action movie as intense as this, there has to be some kind of respite from the violence. I wanted there to be a real spirit, a real soul to the centre of the film and Lady Isabel's burgeoning relationship with Marshal brings just that."
James Purefoy is an incredibly versatile actor whose career has spanned film, television and theatre. Having been invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company in his final year at the Central School of Speech and Drama, he took major roles in King Lear, MacBeth, and The Tempest. This was followed by 6 years of leading roles with some of the UK's most prestigious theatres including seasons at Birmingham Rep, Bristol Old Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the National Theatre.
Purefoy has also appeared in a wide variety of television roles. He is perhaps best known for playing Mark Antony in HBO's epic award-winning TV series ROME, alongside Ciaran Hinds, Kevin McKidd and Lindsay Duncan. His most prominent film credits include RESIDENT EVIL (2002), Rawdon Crawley in Mira Nair's VANITY FAIR (2004) opposite Reese Witherspoon, and the Black Prince in A KNIGHT'S TALE (2001) in which he starred alongside Heath Ledger. He was most recently seen in the title role of SOLOMON KANE (2010) and on US television in NBC's THE PHILANTHROPIST (2009) playing the leading character, Teddy Rist. He has finished shooting IRONCLAD directed by Jonathan English, JOHN CARTER OF MARS for Disney/Pixar, directed by Andrew Stanton and Camelot for the Starz network and is currently shooting Injustice for ITV1.
With a diverse roster of finely etched, award-winning and critically acclaimed performances, Paul Giamatti has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation.
In 2008, Giamatti won an Emmy® Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his portrayal of the title character in the HBO 7 Part Emmy® Award Winning Mini-Series JOHN ADAMS. Directed by Emmy® Award Winning director Tom Hooper, Giamatti played President John Adams in a cast that also included award-winning actors Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, David Morse and Stephen Dillane. In 2006, Giamatti's performance in Ron Howard's CINDERELLA MAN earned him a SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in the same category.
Giamatti recently wrapped production on WIN-WIN, a film written and directed by Oscar nominee Tom McCarthy, in which he portrays 'Mike Flaherty', a disheartened attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach who stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings. He also recently wrapped the film IRONCLAD, in which he portrays 'King John' in the year 1215 as he tried to gain control of Rochester Castle from the Knights of Templar.
Giamatti will next be seen in BARNEY'S VERSION, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Mordechai Richler, in which he portrays the title character 'Barney Panofsky'. The film was directed by Richard J. Lewis and co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver. BARNEY'S VERSION will be released by Sony Pictures Classics in January 2011.
Paul is currently filming the HBO movie TOO BIG TO FAIL for director Curtis Hanson portraying Ben Bernanke opposite William Hurt and Billy Crudup. Giamatti will then head to Thailand to join Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifinakis in THE HANGOVER 2 for director Todd Phillips.
For his role in Alexander Payne's critically-lauded SIDEWAYS, Giamatti earned several accolades for his performance including Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards, New York Film Critics Circle and a Golden Globe nomination.
In 2004, Giamatti garnered outstanding reviews and commendations (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor, National Board of Review Breakthrough performance of the Year) for his portrayal of Harvey Pekar in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's AMERICAN SPLENDOR.
Giamatti first captured the eyes of America in Betty Thomas' hit comedy PRIVATE PARTS. His extensive list of film credits also includes THE LAST STATION opposite Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren, Tony Gilroy's DUPLICITY, COLD SOULS which Giamatti also Executive Produced, David Dobkin's FRED CLAUS, SHOOT EM' UP opposite Clive Owen, Shari Springer Berman and Roger Pulcini's THE NANNY DIARIES, M. Night Shyamalan's LADY IN THE WATER, THE ILLUSIONIST, directed by Neil Burger, Milos Forman's MAN ON THE MOON, Julian Goldberger's THE HAWK IS DYING, Tim Robbins' THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, F. Gary Gray's THE NEGOTIATOR, Steven Spielberg's SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, Peter Weir's The Truman Show, Mike Newell's DONNIE BRASCO, Todd Solondz' STORYTELLING, Tim Burton's PLANET OF THE APES, Duets, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, the animated film ROBOTS and BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE, co-starring Martin Lawrence. Giamatti also appeared in James Foley's CONFIDENCE and John Woo's PAYCHECK.
As an accomplished stage actor, Giamatti received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor as "Jimmy Tomorrow" in Kevin Spacey's Broadway revival of THE ICEMAN COMETH. His other Broadway credits include THE THREE SISTERS directed by Scott Elliot; RACING DEMON directed by Richard Eyre; and ARCADIA Directed by Trevor Nunn. He was also seen Off-Broadway in the ensemble cast of THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI with Al Pacino.
For television, Giamatti appeared in THE PENTAGON PAPERS with James Spader, HBO's WINCHELL opposite Stanley Tucci and Jane Anderson's IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 2. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Kate Mara was born and raised in Bedford, New York and began acting at age fourteen in local theater projects. At age fifteen Kate moved from the stage to her first film, RANDOM HEARTS (Dir. Sydney Pollack). She then went on to co-star in Gary Winick's coming of age film TADPOLE.
Past film roles include BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (Dir. Ang Lee) portraying Heath Ledger's daughter; TRANSSIBERIAN with Sir Ben Kingsley and Woody Harrelson (Dir. Brad Anderson); WE ARE MARSHALL with Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox (Dir. McG); SHOOTER with Mark Walhberg (Dir. Antoine Fuqua); STONE OF DESTINY with Charlie Cox (Dir: Charles Martin Smith) and THE OPEN ROAD with Justin Timberlake and Jeff Bridges (Dir. Michael Meredith).
In 2009, Kate filmed HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE with Josh Radnor and Malin Akerman (Dir. Josh Radnor), PEEP WORLD with Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Ben Schwartz and Rainn Wilson (Dir. Barry Blaustein), IRON MAN 2 with Robert Downey Jr. (Dir. Jon Favreau), and IRONCLAD with Paul Giamati and James Purefoy. (Dir. Jonathan English).
In early 2010, Kate filmed 127 Hours (Dir. Danny Boyle) with James Franco and Amber Tamblyn. 127 HOURS and PEEP WORLD premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.
HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it received the Audience Award. It had its New York premiere at the Gen Art Film Festival in April 2010 where it once again received the Audience Award for favorite film. The film will be released in the Spring of 2011.
She has also appeared on numerous television shows, including arcs on 24 and most recently ENTOURAGE.
Jonathan was born and raised in Surrey, England. After leaving school he attended Art College in London and studied fine art and illustration. He then went to Bournemouth Film and Television School where he studied on the producing programme.
Upon graduating from Film School in 1991, Jonathan produced a number of short drama films for television before setting up his first company, Meltemi Entertainment. Jonathan then produced his first feature film entitled, SO THIS IS ROMANCE, a British romantic comedy in 1995.
Following the success of this film, Jonathan developed several new feature projects and established relationships with other producers across Europe. These lead to a series of co-productions including MARRIED UNMARRIED, EMILE starring Ian McKellen and THE POET, a thriller, starring Dougray Scott. As a producer, Jonathan became successful in raising finance from the UK and securing distribution and co-production deals from European partners. This led to Meltemi being able to fully finance its next productions which included, the international romantic comedy, A GOOD WOMAN, starring Scarlett Johannson and Helen Hunt, and MINOTAUR that marked Jonathan major debut as a director.
Jonathan had been developing projects under the Meltemi label with an eye to directing a couple of year prior to Minotaur. The first, NAILING VIENNA, was a low-budget production shot entirely on the streets of London in 2002. The film was gritty, hand-held and with largely improvised performances, it served to allow Jonathan to cut his teeth with actors and develop a fresh and gritty filmmaking style. This was followed in 2005 by the much higher budget production of MINOTAUR, a fantasy horror film set in ancient history and based on the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. The film was co-financed by LionsGate and has been distributed throughout the world. In the US, MINOTAUR garnered a cult following on the Sci-Fi channel and became one of the highest played films on the network of that year.
In 2006 Jonathan relocated to Los Angeles where he continued to develop various films both as director and producer. He became a founding partner in Mythic International Entertainment a financing and production entity with partners, Rick Benattar and Andrew Curtis.
Jonathan's next film as writer, director and producer is IRONCLAD, a medieval action adventure film about the siege of Rochester Castle. The film has an international cast of actors including James Purefoy, Paul Giamatti, Kate Mara, Brian Cox, Mackenzie Crook, Jayson Flemnyg and Charles Dance. IRONCLAD is released by Warner Bros in the UK on 4th March.