The Courier

The Courier Casts, Production, Relaese Date


The Courier is a historical drama film that is directed by Dominic Cooke. This film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Greville Wynne.

Benedict is a British businessman who was called upon by the Secret Intelligence Service to send messages to secret agent Oleg Penkovsky that is played by Merab Ninide in the 1960s.

The Courier


Jessie Buckley, Angus Wright, and Rachel Brosnahan also star in the film.

The Courier had its world premiere under its main title “Ironbark” at the Sundance Film Festival on the 24th of January 2020.

Now, the movie is released on the 19th of March, 2021 in the United Kingdom.

The Courier got so many favorable reviews from critics.

Director: Dominic Cooke
Producer: Ben Browning, Adam Ackland, Rory Aitken, and Ben Pugh.
Writer: Tom O’ Connor
Music: Abel Korenniowski
Edit: Gareth C. Sales
Cinematographer: Sean Bobbitt
Production companies: 42 FilmNation Entertainment SunnyMarch
Distributor: Lionsgate Roadside Attractions
Countries: The United Kingdom, United States of America
Language: English
Release Date: 19th of March, 2021 in the United Kingdom and The United States of America.

The Courier is all about a British Businessman, Benedict Cumberbatch who assisted MI6 in going through the Soviet nuclear program during the time of the Cold War.

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Wynne, alongside Oleg Penkovsky, his Russian source brought some great intelligence that finally stopped the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Casts in The Courier

The casts in The Courier include:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Greville Wynne
  • Jessie Buckley as Sheila Wynne
  • Rachel Brosnahan as Emily Donovan
  • Merab Ninide as Oleg Penkovsky
  • Kirill Pirogov as Gribanov
  • Angus Wright as Dickie Franks
  • Keir Hills as Andrew Wynne
  • Aleksandr Kotjakovs as Soviet Officer
  • Jonathan Harden as Leonard
  • Olga Koch as Irisa


Development: On the 1st of May 2018, they announced that FilmNation was producing Ironbark. Ironbark is a film about British spy Greville Wynne from a script by Tom O’Connor.

Dominic Cooke was to direct the film and also produce it together with Ben Pugh, Adam Ackland, O’Connor, Rory Aitken, Josh Varney, and Leah Clarke. The production company that was involved in the film is SunnyMarch.

Together with the initial production company announcement, it was made known that Benedict Cumberbatch had been cast as Greville Wynne.

Also, in October 2018, it was said that Jessie Buckley, Rachel Brosnahan, Angus Wright, Merab NinidZe together with Kirill Pirogov had joined the cast of the film.

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The principal photography for The Courier began on the 15th of October, 2018 in London and ended on the 7th of December, 2018.

The Courier Release Date

The Courier held its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on the 24th of January, 2020 under the title “Ironbark”.

Just after Roadside Attractions together with Lionsgate gained U.S. distribution rights to the film.

Under the latest name, The Courier, this film was given an original theatrical release in the United States on the 28th of August, 2020.

But, it was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, to the 16th of October, 2020.


The film was later scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom and the United States of America on the 30th of October 2020. It was further delayed again to be released on the 19th of March 2021

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