First Look: James Purefoy as William of Pembroke in Ironclad

January 8, 2010
Source: Empire

James Purefoy in Ironclad

Now that's a big frickin' sword! Empire has debuted the first photo from Ironclad, a medieval movie in the works from writer/director Jonathan English (of Nailing Vienna, Minotaur previously). Below you'll find a photo of James Purefoy as the Earl of Pembroke, Capt. William Marshall (a real historical character who also is appearing in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood played by William Hurt). The film is described as a "medieval Seven Samurai" about a determined group of Knights Templar who defend Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John in the 13th century. This photo is not much to look at, but damn that sword is huge!

James Purefoy in Ironclad

In addition to Purefoy, Ironclad also stars Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox, Robert Carlyle, William Moseley, Jason Flemyng, Bob Hoskins, Pete Postlethwaite, and Kate Mara. Apparently in the film Giamatti is "in pure Shoot 'Em Up snarling-villain mode, facing off against the noble and true James Purefoy." And although it has a low budget, Empire says that it promises to be "a gritty and compelling British action flick." I certainly hope so! There are a lot of sword and sandal movies coming up this year, and there will of course be some duds, but I'm hoping this isn't one of them. It just seems way too frickin' cool to suck! What do you guys think?

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awesome picture, awesome cast, awesome all around.

Xerxex on Jan 8, 2010


Mr. Purefoy is brilliant! !!!!!! can you love something like this and endorse other pieces of cinema that is less then steller....your all over the place my friend.

Clover on Jan 8, 2010


Clover is X me?

Xerxex on Jan 8, 2010


Looks like someones errr.....overcompensating? lol Looks bad ass

Kylio on Jan 8, 2010


sounds great. when is it do to come out?

jeb stuart on Jan 8, 2010


@ Clover if I'm indeed X, then I'll say this, I love movies, I can sit down and watch "Good Luck Chuck" and then watch "There Will Be Blood", then watch "Not Another Teen Movie" then "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" all in the same day. I just love movies, and I'm not biased toward a lot of films, yes I'll occasionaly bash a movie but end up watching it later on, well except "Diaster Movie", "Epic Movie", "Superhero Movie", "Meet The Spartans", "Twilight" and shitty remakes. Blame my Dad, he got me into the wonderful world of film.

Xerxex on Jan 8, 2010


"This photo is not much to look at, but damn that sword is huge!" is someone suffering a bout of penis envy here Alex????

naysayer on Jan 8, 2010


Can't wait. More bloody period movies please. Cool picture.

Brandon on Jan 8, 2010


hell yea! i thought "kingdom of heaven" was amazing and enjoy most period films. i can't wait to see the movie or a trailer.

beavis on Jan 9, 2010


Cool picture!

Robbie on Jan 9, 2010


I love a good period film. Can't wait to see the trailer.

Dewbie on Jan 9, 2010


that's a big fucking sword,brian cox & pete postlethwaite are pretty good in everything they do,looking forward to the trailer.

tobi,leader of the akatsuki on Jan 9, 2010


Even without the sword, this pic is bad ass. But the sword definitely helps.

James on Jan 9, 2010


Xerxex- i give you a lot of shit but after reading your #6 comment i can tell we would get along great. Glad you love Cinema my friend!

DoomCanoe on Jan 9, 2010


Your Dad is a great guy......but I bet he is not a Cage fan like you Pal!

Clover on Jan 9, 2010


15's got a point!! CAGE SUCKS!!!

DoomCanoe on Jan 9, 2010


thanks DoomCanoe I knew eventaully we'd agree on something...well not about Cage but that's fine, I know why a lot of people hate Cage, but its just not in me to give up on the guy. Clover my dad was a fan of Cage and I could never figure out why, I like the guy because of Leaving Las Vegas, and Lord of War, but as for my Dad maybe it was The Cotton Club or some other movie.

Xerxex on Jan 9, 2010



moif on Jan 9, 2010


Hang on, am I to understand that this is a film without Sam FUCKING Worthington in it? Isn't he supposed to be in EVERYTHING? By law?

Hank on Jan 10, 2010


Cred X...maybe it was Valley Girl that made a fan of your Dad, I must me that was his last great performance. I respect that your love of the cinema is a great thing, with you and doom canoe and I we could hang and talk about this art forever. And I can do the same like you in a day 3 or so different films, my tastes are all over the place. I love great actors....( see the pic above of Mr. Purefoy which is a fave rave of mine.) But it is personal taste and some "actors" can't act their way out of a paper bag. No matter how the film is written, or shot, directed etc. Thye piece may be great. but if the acting fails,....for me, it's over. Cage is one of my examples that no matter how hard I try, I just cannot fathom what the deal is with him. But I have the same relationship with my kids as you with your Dad. I have turned them on to film, and we have shared so many brilliant times I cannot even tell you. And kudos to you with the latter part of your post, I agree 100%. Therefore you are......Cred X!

Clover on Jan 11, 2010


Well Clover, we will never agree on Cage, so I guess we must respectfully agree to disagree. That's what makes cinema so great, we all differ no matter what, yes we could all love one actor, one movie, one director, and one screenwriter but eventually we will disagree on something and in our case its Nic Cage, but majority wise I mostly agree with others on films...but one thing that will never change is my steadfast willingness to give actors a second chance, a good example for me is Keanu Reeves not the best actor, but when I sat down and watched A Scanner Darkly it proved to me that Reeves shines only in roles that matter to him, same for Cage Lord of War was a fantastic film, but as of late he just walks through his films, perhaps Kick-Ass will change that.

Xerxex on Jan 11, 2010


Fair Enough X.....The thing that baffels me with Keanu....many of his parts he was just born to play. Neo-Klatuu-even Constantine.....he was "those" parts and it worked. Cheers!

Clover on Jan 11, 2010


that is exactly why I'm a fan, ever since Bill and Ted, that movie was most excellent.

Xerxex on Jan 11, 2010


Moseley, Postlethwaite and Hoskins aren't in the film. But Charles Dance, Derek Jacobi and Brian Cox were. Also when has $30m been a low budget?

castleman on Jan 12, 2010


Robert Carlyle is not in Iron Clad The William Marshall played by James Purefoy in iron clad is William Marshall 2nd Earl of Pembroke - the William Marshall played by William Hurt in robin hood was the 1st Earl of Pembroke Father & son. Not the same guy During the baronial rebellion of 1215, William was on the side of the rebels while his father was fighting for the king. When Louis of France took Worcester castle in 1216, however, the younger William was warned by his father to withdraw, which he did just before Ranulph de Blondeville, 4th Earl of Chester retook the castle. In March 1217, he was absolved from excommunication and rejoined the royal cause. At the Battle of Lincoln he was fighting with his father.

Jeffkaos71 on Sep 23, 2011

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