Just a little bit of casting news we missed on Friday–Variety reports that Alicia Vikander has joined the cast of the untitled Wikileaks movie that DreamWorks is putting together. Benedict Cumberbatchand Daniel Bruhl are already set to star. Bill Condon is directing a script to be written by Josh Singer, based on ”Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy,” by U.K. reporters David Leigh and Luke Harding.
The movie is about Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), the controversial founder of the whistleblowing Wikileaks website, who got into trouble with governments around the world by “leaking embarrassing diplomatic cables and other state secrets, prompting the U.S. to seek to prosecute.” Assange has also been on the run from some sexual assault charges. Vikander will play Bruhl’s co-worker and eventual love interest.
The fast up-and-coming Swedish actress Vikander is in theaters now in “A Royal Affair,” and will be seen next year in “The Seventh Son” with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. Her name is at the top of many Hollywood casting directors’ wishlist right now; she’s on the short list for the title role in Disney’s new “Cinderella” movie.