Now that film has found its financing James Purefoy can star in 13th century-set thriller Ironclad.
He’ll play a Knight Templar who, along with his heroic band of seven warriors, defends Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John.
Paul Giamatti has signed on to play the king, and the cast now includes Bob Hoskins, Richard Attenborough, Pete Postlethwaite, Colm Meany, Angus McFadyen and Narnia’s William Moseley.
The film had been gearing up to shoot late last year when the money to make it fell through.
But now, with rights company ContentFilm International pushing at the Berlinale market, the movie is back on track for a summer start.
Our concern is that the frenzy for swords ‘n’ sandals action epics has been past for a while – even Ridley Scott couldn't make Kingdom Of Heaven (above) win at the box office. Can Ironclad succeed?
Do you want to see more knight-based action? What medieval tale would you film?