The first official photo for the upcoming action film Ironclad has been released, and it gets straight medieval on our asses. The folks over at Empire just premiered the image of a bloody, sword carrying James Purefoy as the film’s knight in shining armor.

Ironclad is directed by Jonathan English and is a pure British action film. The majority of the actors that have starring roles are European, but the villain of choice is from the good old U.S. of A. Paul Giamatti plays the bad guy, and I’m assuming he’ll have some type of Napoleon complex in this film going against someone with Purefoy’s stature.

The story of Ironclad will center on a member of the formidable Knights Templar (Purefoy) and his seven cohorts who defend Rochester Castle against King John and his army in 13th century England. Giamatti will play the role of King John, and will do his best impersonation of an old school douche bag.

This photo as well as an interview with Giamatti can be found in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, which has Matt Damon on the cover promoting the Green Zone.

What do you think of that bloody sword?