'Ironclad' rules for ContentFilm

James Purefoy stars in medieval thriller

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BERLIN -- ContentFilm International will test its mettle with "Ironclad," a medieval action thriller staring James Purefoy the company will help co-finance and executive produce.

Robert Carlyle, Bob Hoskins and William Moseley have joined the cast, which include Paul Giamatti as a deceitful King John, Pete Postlethwaite, Lord Richard Attenborough, William Moseley, Colm Meany and Angus McFayden.

Based on a legendary story, "Ironclad" is set in 13th century England and tells the story of a formidable Knight Templar (Purefoy) and his "Magnificent Seven" who defended historic Rochester Castle against the tyrant, King John, and his mercenary army. Purefoy is playing the knight opposite Giamatti's King John.

The film was initially to start production but got held up as financing fell through and came together again, this time with the aid of ContentFilm, which is selling the film at the Berlinale.

The film is eyeing a summer start and has also put together a crew consisting of Adam Greenberg ("T2"), editor Peter Amundson ("Hellboy"), veteran production designer Leslie Dilley ("Raiders of the Lost Ark") with stunts by Richard Ryan ("The Dark Knight").

English, Rick Benattar and Andrew Curtis of Mythic International Entertainment are producing while Glenn Kendrick Ackermann executive produces.

ContentFilm has "The Messenger," starring Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson, in Competition in Berlin.