James And The Giant Sword

Excl: We have first pic from Ironclad

It’s been described by one of its stars - the godlike Jason Flemyng - as a “medieval Seven Samurai”. It’s got Paul Giamatti, in pure Shoot ‘Em Up snarling-villain mode, facing off against the noble and true James Purefoy. And, despite its low-budget trappings, it promises to be that rarest of things: a gritty and compelling British action flick.

It is, of course, Ironclad, and we have the first official still from the Jonathan English-directed movie, showing Purefoy as the heroic Marshall, wielding a sword in suitably manly fashion.

And what a sword it is, too. Bloody hell, just look at the size of that thing! It's bigger than he is... And hopefully it's the capper to a Crocodile Dundee-style 'that's not a sword, this is a sword' dialogue exchange.

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