|Directed by||Jonathan English|
|Produced by||Jonathan English
Andrew J. Curtis
|Written by||Jonathan English
|Release date(s)||2010 (USA)|
|Country||United Kingdom/United States|
Ironclad is an upcoming 2010 British/American film, directed by Jonathan English. Written by English and Erick Kastel, based on a screenplay by Stephen McDool, the cast includes Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy, Brian Cox, Mackenzie Crook, Jason Flemying, Derek Jacobi and Kate Mara. The film chronicles the siege of Rochester Castle by King John in the year 1215, and is slated to have a budget of $25 million. The film is being shot entirely in Wales.
A ragtag group of Knights Templar hold out for months against the hard-fought siege of Rochester Castle in the thirteenth Century. Set in the time of King John's signing of the Magna Carta treaty, the group struggles against the King to defend the freedom of their country.
Principal photography for the film began at Dragon International Studios near the village Llanharan in Wales on October 9, 2009. A full-sized castle set was built on the studio complex. Producer Rick Benattar is striving to make the film as historically accurate as possible, recreating the violent siege of Rochester Castle, and letting viewers experience the battle as if they were there. Ironclad is the largest independent production that has been filmed in Wales.