James McAvoy in Talks for WikiLeaks Movie

By Kirsten Anderson Casting

James McAvoy joins the WikiLeaks flood.

When was the last time you saw James McAvoy on screen? Okay, when was the last time you heard James McAvoy on screen? The answer to both those questions involves 2011 movies: “X-Men: First Class” and “Arthur Christmas,” respectively. 2012, then, has been something of a James McAvoy-less year, but don’t worry, he’s keeping busy; in fact, Deadline says he’s not just in talks, but in DEEP talks to join DreamWorks’s WikiLeaks film. Benedict Cumberbatch is already set to star, with Bill Condon directing.

Cumberbatch is already set to play WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and McAvoy would play his “right hand man” Daniel Domscheit-Berg, The film is partially based on Domscheit-Berg’s book “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website.” Josh Singer wrote the script. There are, by the way, three other WikiLeaks movies in development, plus a documentary. This one seems the furthest along, which could leave the others in a very difficult position–who wants to be the fourth WikiLeaks movie?

Meanwhile, McAvoy has plenty of movies on the way over the next year: “Welcome to the Punch,” “Trance,” “Filth,” and the pair “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.” Then, of course, he’s getting ready to film “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which goes into production early next year. So yeah, if you’ve been missing James McAvoy, well, soon you won’t.

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