For his sophomore film, the UK’s Dominic Cooke tackles the Cold War in Ironbark, produced by Adam Ackland, Rory Aitken, Ben Browning, and Ben Pugh. Lensed by Sean Bobbitt (who has served as DP on all of Steve McQueen’s films), the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, and Jessie Buckley. BAFTA nominated for his work on the 2016 television series “The Hollow Crown,” Cooke’s first feature, the 2017 adaptation of the Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach (review), starring Saoirse Ronan, premiered at TIFF.
Gist: Written by Tom O’Connor (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, 2017), Cumberbatch stars as a spy working in conjunction with his Russian source to prevent the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Release Date/Prediction: Ironbark is set to premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in the Premieres section.