Ironclad

Character: Lady Isabel
Directed by: Jonathan English
Written by: Jonathan English
Other cast: James Purefoy, Brian Cox, Paul Giamatti
Release date: July 26, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Action
Running time: 2h1min

In 13th-century England, a small group of Knights Templar fight to defend Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John.

Production

Actress Megan Fox was attached to the film when the film’s production company, Mythic, began promoting it to investors at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Fox left the film and was later replaced by Kate Mara. Due to the decreased amount of credit and financing available in 2009, the budget of the film was reduced and the entire supporting cast was changed, with the exception of actors James Purefoy and Paul Giamatti. Producer Andrew Curtis described the financing of the film as “more complex than a London Underground map” to Variety magazine; the film ended up crediting 18 executive producers.

Principal photography for the film began at Dragon International Film Studios near the village Llanharan in Wales on October 9, 2009. A replica of Rochester Castle was built on the studio complex. Producer Rick Benattar strove to make the film as historically accurate as possible, recreating the historical violent siege of Rochester Castle, and letting viewers experience the battle as if they were there. Ironclad was the largest independent production that has been filmed in Wales, and was among the largest independent films shot in Britain in 2009.