James McAvoy (“Wanted,” “X-Men First Class”) is in negotiations to star with “Sherlock” actor Benedict Cumberbatch in Bill Condon’s untitled WikiLeaks movie at DreamWorks.
Cumberbatch is set to play WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, while McAvoy is in talks to play German tech guru Daniel Domscheit-Berg who became the spokesperson for the organization. Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”) was previously linked to the role McAvoy is taking.
After becoming Assange’s right-hand man, Domscheit-Berg left the organisation due to his belief that Assange failed to display journalistic integrity. The film is based on the book he wrote about the site and his working relationship with Assange.
Josh Singer is adapting the script while Steve Golin, Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros will produce. Shooting aims to begin next year depending upon Cumberbatch and McAvoy’s schedules.