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Directed by Jonathan English
Produced by Jonathan English
Andrew J. Curtis
Chris Curling
Rick Benattar
Christian Arnold-Beutel
Written by Jonathan English
Erick Kastel
Stephen McDool
Starring Paul Giamatti
James Purefoy
Brian Cox
Mackenzie Crook
Jason Flemyng
Derek Jacobi
Kate Mara
Jamie Foreman
William Moseley
Cinematography David Eggby
Release date(s) 2010 (USA)
Country United Kingdom/United States
Language English

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.[1] The film chronicles the siege of Rochester Castle by King John in the year 1215,[1] 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.[2]



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.[5] 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.[3] Ironclad is the largest independent production that has been filmed in Wales.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Woodrow, Emily (October 24, 2009). "Medieval battle scenes in the Valleywood mud". South Wales Echo. Retrieved on October 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "ContentFilm's Ironclad slices up the world". Screen Daily. November 8, 2009. Retrieved on November 8, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Film recreates Rochester castle siege - in Wales". Kent News. November 14, 2009. Retrieved on November 14, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e Macnab, Geoffrey (October 28, 2009). "Large UK cast lines up alongside Giamatti, Purefoy in Ironclad". Screen Daily. Retrieved on October 29, 2009.
  5. ^ Collins, Peter (October 13, 2009). "Hopes for Valleywood sparked by castle set". South Wales Echo. Retrieved on October 26, 2009.

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