Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens could star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in a new movie about the WikiLeaks saga.
According to Variety, Stevens is “in negotiations” to join the cast of the film, which is currently untitled. This would be the first major movie role for Stevens, who is best known for playing Matthew Crawley on ITV’s hit costume drama.
Cumberbatch is attached to star as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, while Stevens is being tapped to play a hacker who comes to work for the whistleblowing website. The film is currently in pre-production at DreamWorks, who have acquired the screen rights to two well-regarded books on the WikiLeaks story, including one written by Assange’s former right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg.
The film will be directed by Bill Condon, whose previous credits include Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. According to Variety, he plans to shoot the movie next year (2013).
Stevens, 30, is currently starring in a Broadway play called The Heiress alongside Oscar hopeful Jessica Chastain. ITV has recently commissioned a fourth series of Downton Abbey, with filming set to begin this February (2013).