It’s always neat when movie gossip and major news issues actually collide and even more so when both pieces of news are on something relevant and interesting. THR reports that there’s been a change of plans for Bill Condon’s upcoming film about WikiLeaks and the controversial Julian Assange. Due to scheduling conflicts with the new X-Men: Days of Future Past, James McAvoy will be dropping out with Daniel Brühl of Inglourious Basterds stepping in to fill his shoes.
To be honest they'll probably be better off for it, not to hate on McAvoy.
Brühl will be taking over the role of former Wikileaks spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg. It just feels like a better fit overall for the movie. This is due in no small part to the fact that Brühl and Domscheit-Berg are both German. Benedict Cumberbatch will play the role of Assange himself.
The news comes at an interesting time in regards to the case concerning Bradley Manning regarding WikiLeaks. Manning is the United State Army private who allegedly leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the whistle blowing site. This catapulted both Wikileaks and Assange into the public eye. A pretrial hearing was held earlier this week where Manning sought for the dismissal of all charges held against him by claiming that his original confinement in Quantico was illegal. If convicted Manning could serve life in prison.
The film is presently in pre-production with rumors that actual production will begin in early 2013.