Film News Roundup: Benedict Cumberbatch Spy Drama ‘The Courier’ Set for August Launch

In today’s film news roundup, Benedict Cumberbatch’s spy drama “The Courier” and supernatural thriller “Star Light” get release dates, and the Quarantine Cat Film Fest is unveiled.


Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions have set an Aug. 28 theatrical release for the spy drama “The Courier,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

The film, formerly titled “Ironbark,” is based on the true story of an unassuming British businessman, Greville Wynne, who is recruited at the behest of the U.K.’s MI-6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan) to form a covert partnership with a Soviet officer to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Dominic Cooke directed from a script by Tom O’Connor. The film is a 42, SunnyMarch and FilmNation Entertainment production. Adam Ackland, Ben Browning, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken are producers. Leah Clarke, Cumberbatch, Ashley Fox, Glen Basner, Alison Cohen, Milan Popelka, Cooke, O’Connor and Josh Varney are executive producers.

“Theaters have indicated gradual openings this summer, with health and safety guiding the way. If everything proceeds favorably, we feel the true spy thriller ‘The Courier,’ with a must see performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, is just the type of film that will have audiences excited to return to their local cinemas in late August,” said Roadside co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff.