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Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens 'to star in Wikileaks film'

The British star of the small screen will reportedly join Benedict Cumberbatch in the DreamWorks movie about Julian Assange

Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens could be joining Benedict Cumberbatch in the planned Wikileaks film.

The actor, who plays Matthew Crawley in the hit costume drama, is in talks to join the cast of the untitled DreamWorks movie, Variety reports.

Sherlock star Cumberbatch will play Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, while Stevens would play a hacker who comes to work for the whistleblowing site.

Daniel Bruhl and Alicia Vikander also star in the movie, with the Twilight saga's Bill Condon directing.

Stevens is currently appearing on Broadway alongside The Help actress Jessica Chastain in the play The Heiress. He will also be seen in the Downton Abbey Christmas special on 25 December.