James McAvoy in talks to star in Julian Assange biopic

07:45 13 November 2012

James McAvoy is in talks to star in the Julian Assange biopic. File picture: Ian West/PA

James McAvoy is in talks to star in the Julian Assange biopic. File picture: Ian West/PA

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James McAvoy is in talks to star in the forthcoming biopic of Julian Assange - the WikiLeaks founder who has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since June.

McAvoy, whose previous films include The Last King of Scotland, Atonement and X-Men: First Class, is reportedly up for the role of the WikiLeaks founder’s right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg in the film opposite Benedict Cumberbatch as the controversial journalist, Variety reports.

The script for the film, which is being directed by Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn helmsman Bill Condon, is partially based on Domscheit-Berg’s book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website.

Josh Singer’s script is also partially adapted from David Leigh and Luke Harding’s book WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy.

RoboCop actor Joel Kinnaman was previously linked with the role of Domscheit-Berg, while Jeremy Renner has expressed a wish to portray Assange.

The DreamWorks-produced film is expected to go into production next year.

Assange is wanted in Sweden to face questioning over a sexual assault investigation.

He has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since June 2012.

British officials say he will be arrested if he steps out of the building.

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