- Cast: Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy, Kate Mara, Jason Flemyng, Brian Cox, Charles Dance, Derek Jacobi, Mackenzie Crook, Vladimir Kulich, Jamie Foreman, Guy Siner, Bree Condon, Aneurin Barnard, Steffan Rhodri, Daniel O'Meara, Rhys Parry Jones, David Melville, Simon Nader, John Pierce Jones, Steve Purbrick
- Director: Jonathan English
- Writers: Jonathan English, Erick Kastel, Stephen McDool
- Producers: Rick Benattar, Andrew J. Curtis, Jonathan English
- Associate Producers: Brian Brightly, Robyn Owen
- Executive Producers: Glenn Kendrick Ackermann, Christian Arnold-Beutel, Evan Astrowsky, Graham Begg, Adam Betteridge, Jamie Carmichael, John Evangelides, Uwe Feuersenger, Mark Foligno, James Gibb, Al Munteanu, David Rogers, Marcus Schöfer, Tilo Seiffert, Deepak Sikka
- Art Direction: Malcolm Stone
- Castings: Kelly Valentine Hendry, Robyn Owen
- Costume Design: Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
- D.O.P.: David Eggby
- Editors: Peter Amundson, Gavin Buckley
- Makeup: Paul Hyett
- Music: Lorne Balfe
- Production Design: Joseph C. Nemec III
- Set Decoration: Peter Walpole
"Ironclad" recounts 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 Flemying), 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Wales, UK
- MPAA Warning: Strong graphic brutal battle sequences, and brief nudity
- Production Budget: $25 million
- Production Companies: Mythic International Entertainment, Film & Entertainment VIP Medienfonds, Premiere Picture, Silver Reel
- Production Schedule: 18 October 2009 - January 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "A big old castle under siege movie about one of the bloodiest battles in world history, this $25 million British indie production shot in Wales takes the knights genre and gives it "visceral and stylized action combined with impassionate heroism and romance" according to producers ContentFilm.
The cast is richly stacked including Paul Giamatti as the weasely King John, to some strong supporting talents like Derek Jacobi, Charles Dance, Brian Cox, James Purefoy, Mackenzie Crook, Kate Mara and Jason Flemyng. Director Jonathan English has experience in the genre, shooting 2006's not-so-well received "Minotaur" with Tom Hardy and Tony Todd, but remains the most uncertain aspect in play here.
The filmmakers strove to make this historically accurate as possible while delivering it in a gritty way that will click with modern audiences. An early promo trailer consisting of dailies from the first two weeks of shooting looks like they may have just done it, while another clip shows Giamatti chewing the scenery as Cox gets to deliver some fun lines.
ContentFilm had one hell of a time getting financing for the project, and ultimately are crediting eighteen executive producers. Launched at AFM in late 2009, buyers flocked to the epic with international rights quickly snapped up across the globe. At last report the film is slated to get a March 4th release in the UK, though no word of further dates beyond that."