DreamWorks are in negotiations with James McAvoy, because they want him to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the as-of-yet untitled WikiLeaks film. According to Variety, the Scottish actor is in talks to tackle the role of Daniel Domscheit-Berg, while Cumberbatch will be playing the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The film is partially based on Berg’s book ‘Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website’, so it’s a meaty role for James to take on if the rumours are true. The film is set to be directed by Bill Condon, and will also draw from ‘WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy’ by David Leigh and Luke Harding, so when it comes out it’ll likely be a flick you have to abandon partycasino.com/ and Facebook to give your full attention to.
Julian Assange is Australian, and Daniel Domscheit-Berg is German, so it might raise a few eyebrows when you consider the two main actors in consideration are both British. However both are amazing actors, and as luck would have it, the pair have worked together before. Twice. In Atonement and Starter for 10, so they’re likely to have good chemistry.
The WikiLeaks film will follow Assange and Berg as the company is founded and detail Berg’s eventual disenchantment with Assange’s leadership, resulting in his leaving WikiLeaks in 2010.
Just a few weeks ago it was rumoured that Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) was in “conversation” to play the part of Domscheit-Berg, however he was never officially attached to the project, and it looks like James McAvoy could be steeping in.
A start date has not been announced for the project yet, which was written for the screen by Josh Singer (The West Wing), however we should know soon whether James’ involvement is for definite.