“Inglourious Basterds” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” star Daniel Bruhl has finalized a deal to replace James McAvoy in the upcoming Bill Condon-directed Wikileaks movie at Dreamworks Pictures.
McAvoy had been in negotiations for the role but talks broke down due to scheduling issues with the actor’s commitment to Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” at Fox.
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) remains attached to play Julian Assange, Wikileaks’ founder, with Bruhl as his right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a German tech activist who became the organization’s spokesman.
His split with Assange was credited as being one of the events leading to the massive diplomatic cable leak in September 2011 and Assange’s eventual downfall.
Despite reports, Laura Linney is not in negotiations nor has an offer to join the cast although there is interest in her playing a CIA intelligence officer.
Josh Singer wrote the script while Steve Golin, Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros will produce. Shooting is aiming to begin in January.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter