Benedict Cumberbatch Signs Up For New Spy Movie

Ironbark is next on Benedict Cumberbatch's slate, with him set to play a Cold War spy...

Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t take on quite as many film roles as he was doing a few years ago, but he’s currently part of the Avengers ensemble eating up money at theaters around the world. He ain’t doing too bad, especially since his second turn as Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War is not just getting lots of acclaim from fans, but is a crucial element of the plot.

Now he’s added a new project to his slate. He’ll be taking the lead in the upcoming spy movie Ironbark, where he’ll play Cold War spy Greville Wynne. It’s based on a true story, and the screenplay for the project comes from Tom O’Connor, who penned last year’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

Cumberbatch will also produce the film, which Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach) has been tagged to direct. The story follows Wynne rising through the ranks of MI5, to the point where he became an intermediary for a Soviet spy, selling secrets to British Intelligence.

No release date has thus far been confirmed, but we’ll keep you posted as we hear more. In the meantime, Cumberbatch has two more films slated to arrive this year, although we’ll only be hearing him in both.

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The first is Mowgli, director Andy Serkis’ take on Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book adventures, which is due out in October. The second is The Grinch, an animated remake of the classic Dr. Seuss tale from Illumination Entertainment in which he’ll voice the title character. That arrives a month later, in November.

We still don’t know if and when there will be a fifth season of Sherlock, and of course Marvel has yet to announce Doctor Strange 2 — although whether there is even a second standalone film for the Sorcerer Supreme will probably depend on how Avengers 4 plays out next May.