November 13, 2012
James McAvoy in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Wikileaks movie
The 'X Men: First Class' actor could join the 'Sherlock' star on set of the Julian Assange bio-pic
James McAvoy is reportedly in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch in a movie based on the life of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Following earlier reports that Cumberbatch was being touted to play Assange in the biopic, the Sherlock actor has now confirmed his involvement but McAvoy's talks with producers are stll ongoing.
According to Variety, McAvoy is currently discussing to play the part of Assange's former right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who wrote the book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website, which the film is based on.
Screenwriter Josh Singer, who has worked on Fringe and The West Wing, has provided the script, which also uses David Leigh and Luke Harding's book WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy as its base story.
The Dreamworks production will be helmed by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon and is likely to go into production in the early part of 2013.
Meanwhile, James McAvoy will reprise his role as a young Charles Xavier in the next instalment of the X-Men franchise. Titled X-Men: Days of Future Past, the film is currently in pre-production.
McAvoy will also appear in the big screen adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel Filth. The actor plays the role of a drug addicted, sex-obsessed Scottish police officer whose current murder case fails to compete with his personal hang-ups and idiosyncrasies.