James McAvoy drops out of the Wikileaks movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch
Daniel Bruhl from Inglorious Basterds to step in
Scottish actor James McAvoy will not star alongside fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch in a movie about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
According to the Hollywood Reporter negotiations for the Last King of Scotland and Shameless actor to make an appearance in the as yet unnamed movie broke down over scheduling conflicts.
German actor Daniel Bruhl will instead appear in the DreamWorks movie being directed by Bill Condon.
He will play Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who wrote Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’ Most Dangerous Website, upon whose rights, along with another book (David Leigh and Luke Harding’s WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War On Secrecy) the film will be premised.
Domscheit-Berg, formerly known under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, worked with Assange from 2007 to 2010 when he resigned telling Der Spiegel: "WikiLeaks has a structural problem. I no longer want to take responsibility for it, and that's why I am leaving the project."
Sherlock actor Cumberbatch will play Assange in the Josh Singer written film.
Bruhl is well known in his native Germany and appeared as a Nazi alongside Brad Pitt in Inglorious Basterds.
Listen to his collaboration with Naughty Boymusic
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Replica Back to the Future Hoverboard released
- 2 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 3 Brixton squat flats now costing up to £3k per month show how out of control rent is in London
- 4 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 5 Dylan Moran on quitting smoking, being about as sexy as the Pope and why comedy panel programmes are 'c*ck shows'
Sacha Baron Cohen is definitely not involved in Freddie Mercury biopic, says Brian May
Poldark review: Demelza’s insouciance is almost as impressive as Ross’ pecs
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
James May hints he will not continue on Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson
Menstruation-themed photo series artist 'censored by Instagram' says images are to demystify taboos around periods
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans