In other films scheduled to have their premieres at Sundance, Elisabeth Moss portrays the author Shirley Jackson in “Shirley,” Michael Keaton takes on the role of a lawyer responsible for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund in “Worth” and Benedict Cumberbatch plays a businessman involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis, in “Ironbark.”
Ironbark (U.K. – Director: Dominic Cooke, Screenwriter: Tom O’Connor, Producers: Adam Ackland, Ben Browning, Ben Pugh, Rory Aitken) — The true story of a British businessman unwittingly recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Forming an unlikely partnership with a Soviet officer hoping to prevent a nuclear confrontation, the two men work together to provide the crucial intelligence used to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley.
As was the case at the 2019 edition, the most commercial films this year will screen in the premieres section, namely Jim Rash and Nat Faxon’s Downhill (starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell), the Benedict Cumberbatch Soviet-era drama Ironbark, Miranda July’s Kajillionaire (led by Evan Rachel Wood), the Margot Robbie-produced Carey Mulligan-starrer Promising Young Woman and documentarian Liz Garbus making her narrative feature debut with the serial killer drama Lost Girls.
A mention in this article about UK productions at Sundance:
Dominic Cooke’s Ironbark stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the true story of a UK businessman unwittingly recruited into the Cuban Missile Crisis. Producers are London-based 42, Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch and FilmNation Entertainment.
"Ironbark" Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this espionage and political thriller set during the Cold War-era and Cuban Missile Crisis about a mild-mannered businessman called upon by the British government to help uncover a Soviet mole. Jessie Buckley, Rachel Brosnahan and Angus Wright co-star. This is just the second feature film from Dominic Cooke after his 2017 film "On Chesil Beach."
BUZZ Written by Tom O'Connor (The Hitman's Bodyguard), this true story follows a British businessman (Cumberbatch) unwittingly recruited into one of the most fraught international conflicts in history: the Cuban Missile Crisis.