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Wikileaks the film updates cast

WikiLeaks.jpgThere's been a lot of talk about a WikiLeaks film, in fact both of the films in development, but recent news has been looking to the DreamWorks led film which adapts the book from Julian Assange's "second in command" Daniel Domscheit-Berg and .

There have been a lot of rumours of casting news on the project but finally we're hearing some solid news about who will be playing some of the important roles in a story that still hasn't played out in real life.

Julian Assange is responsible for creating the WikiLeaks site, a site that came to the fore with some major stories, the release of information marked secret about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and then there was the biggest story of all, the release of the diplomatic cables from within the American government.

Both big stories caused governments a lot of reputational harm but they also revealed hitherto secret information, the first set from the war revealing some facts that we could probably argue the public had a right to know, the second seems a lot less public information and looks more like it was designed to embarrass the U.S. and harm their international relations, no matter how the original communications might have sounded.

The next shock in the story was when Assange, the man at the head of WikiLeaks, was accused of sexual assault in Sweden, a charge he denies. He was ordered to attend enquiries into the case in the country and a court battle in the UK ensued in order to try and stop him from being sent there as he feared he would then be extradited to America and face the wrath of the government.

Since I last wrote about the story it has evolved, Assange sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and has spent months camped out in a room there where he now claims to have a lung infection and is requesting medical assistance. Of course the problem is as soon as he steps foot out the door he'll be arrested, sent to Sweden, and perhaps his worst case scenario will come to life and he'll be sent to America. Who knows.

So that's the real story to date and it's one that's evolving and will continue to be written even after the scriptwriter unplugs his laptop on the DreamWorks film script.

Rumours had been flying around about who was set to star with James McAvoy being touted as in talks for the role but who The Hollywood Reporter say has since moved on because of scheduling conflicts with X-Men: Days of Future Past, good news for us all.

Laura Linney was rumoured to have a role in the film but the article also clears that up saying that she hasn't been in negotiations or been approached for the role as yet.

Josh Singer has adapted the script from two books that DreamWorks bought the rights to, the first being Inside WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) by journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding and the other being Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) by Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

Domscheit-Berg is the man who was recruited by Assange and worked together with him for many years until he decided to leave believing that he had failed to display journalistic integrity, he created the site OpenLeaks instead. It is claimed that him leaving WikiLeaks contributed to Assange's decision to release all the diplomatic cables which has built the real life story to this point.

Currently the casting news tells us that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Julian Assange with Daniel Brühl set to play Domscheit-Berg and that's some strong casting.

Singer has previously written for television including the acclaimed The West Wing which should serve well for this film, directing is Bill Condon who has also directed Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, Dreamgirls and yes, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and Part 2.

Although we don't know much about the story as yet we are hearing rumours that Assange will be presented as a man seduced by power and fame who, when Domscheit-Berg leaves the company pushes things too far resulting in the situations he finds himself in today.

I wonder when DreamWorks are going to cut off the scriptwriting though? Has it already been completed or are they going to continue tweaking it as the real life story evolves? I mean if they are filming and Julian Assange leaves the embassy and is sent to Sweden, what will the film do? This is especially relevant if he then is extradited to America.




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