I’ve been a little worried about the upcoming movie, Ironclad starring Paul Giamatti as King John and tells the tale of one of England’s most enthralling legends of a small force fighting a foe much bigger than itself.
The last movie that attempted to provide a medieval battle movie turned into the horrible Robin Hood starring Russel Crowe. Seriously, that movie was AWFUL and ruined the Robin Hood legend.
Thankfully, this trailer for Ironclad seems to remedy that unfortunate blob on the legacy of historical action films.
Here is the official synopsis of the movie via HeyuGuys.
The year is 1215. King John (Paul Giamatti) has been forced to sign the Magna Carta, a document that will ensure the freedom of men and form the basis of common law in England. Furious at having been forced to sign it, King John raises a vicious mercenary army and begins a rampage across the country to regain total power. But as the King’s army is on the brink of reaching London and taking back control of the country, one last castle stands between him and inevitable victory: Rochester.
Gathered together by Baron Albany (Brian Cox), a small band of rebel warriors gather inside Rochester intent on holding off King John until reinforcements arrive: a Templar Knight (James Purefoy) whose soul is wracked with guilt over the atrocities he has committed during the crusades and his burgeoning feelings for Isabel (Kate Mara), the beautiful lady of the castle and lonely wife of the aging Reginald de Cornhill (Derek Jacobi); battle-hardened mercenaries such as Beckett (Jason Flemying), who fight not for God and country, but for money and bloodlust; and young soldiers like Guy (Aneurin Barnard), who’ll taste blood and battle for the first time – and perhaps the last.
Doesn’t that just wet your appetites for swords, blood and some medieval ass-kickery?
Check out the trailer below the jump.