Less than one month after James McAvoy entered talks to star in the Untitled WikiLeaks/DreamWorks Project, the actor has dropped out. Inglourious Basterds star Daniel Brühl has finalized a deal to replace the departing actor, who left due to scheduling issues.
Daniel Brühl will play Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the right hand man of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Daniel Domscheit-Berg's departure from the website is credited as one of the many reasons why thousands of diplomatic cables were leaked in September 2011, which lead to Julian Assange's downfall.
Bill Condon is directing from an adapted screenplay by Josh Singer, based on Daniel Domscheit-Berg's book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World's Most Dangerous Website and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War On Secrecy by British jorunalists David Leigh and Luke Harding. There were reports that Laura Linney was circling a role as a State Department official, but she is not in talks to join the project.
DreamWorks has put the project on the fast track, with production to begin in January.