The Benedict Cumberbatch spy drama Ironbark is getting a new title, one that makes it sound like a Jason Statham action flick. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have renamed it The Courier, and set a release date for this summer.
The Courier will now open on August 28th, with the current plan to have it in theaters. Whether that sticks, we’ll just have to wait and see, but cinemas are beginning to open in some locations, with the expectation of more in the coming weeks.
This year’s Sundance Film Festival is where The Courier had its world premiere, earning solid ratings in the process. Based on a true story, it stars Cumberbatch as British businessman who is recruited by MI-6 and the CIA into a dangerous mission to head off the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach) directs, with Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, and Merab Ninidze co-starring.
SYNOPSIS: The Courier is the true story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch) recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. At the behest of the UK’s MI-6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan), he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.