The cinemas have been opened for a couple of months now and studios are finally catching up on their new releases. One of those releases we are looking forward to is The Courier starring Benedict Cumberbatch. We’ve been sent a short clip from Lionsgate films that teases a pivotal moment for how lead character.
Based on a true lifer story of Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch) who is recruited by the Mi6 and CIA to befriend a Russian spy to smuggle documents out of Soviet Union. Those documents will help stop the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In this very short clip the penny drops for Greville when he understands the job he’s about to accept might just be above his paygrade, he’s ‘just a salesman’…
Based on the true story of Greville Wynne (Cumberbatch), a British businessman who helped the CIA and MI6 penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the Cold War, THE COURIER is a tale of bravery and heroic self-sacrifice. With no prior espionage experience and working under constant threat of discovery, Wynne was the CIA’s contact for Oleg Penkovsky, a top Soviet military official codenamed “Ironbark.” Wynne’s main objective: travel in and out of Moscow to retrieve sensitive military information from Penkovsky while maintaining the illusion that he’s an ordinary businessman selling steel manufacturing parts. Wynne and Penkovsky’s unlikely partnership provided the crucial intel that ended the Cuban missile crisis and averted a potential World War III. The stakes could not be higher in this story of personal risk, friendship and global triumph, seen through the eyes of a noble civilian unexpectedly caught in the middle of one of the greatest international conflicts to date.
The film also stars Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, James Schofield.
The Courier arrives in UK and Irish Cinemas from 13th August.