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Matthew Crawley—Sorry, Dan Stevens—Might Be In the Benedict Cumberbatch-Starring WikiLeaks Movie

That WikiLeaks movie just got über-British. Variety reports that Dan Stevens, best known for playing Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, might be taking his acting talents and supernaturally perfect hair to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the yet-unnamed film about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Stevens has been in a few films already, among them Clueless director Amy Heckerling‘s Vamps. (In an interview on this very site Heckerling has some very good things to say about the actor.) He’s also co-starring in the upcoming indie flick Summer in February (“A true tale of love, liberty and scandal amongst the Edwardian artists’ colony in Cornwall,” ooh la la) with Dominic Cooper and Emily Browning.

But back to WikiLeaks. Stevens is apparently in talks to play a hacker friend of WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg (played by Inglorious BasterdsDaniel Brühl) who comes to work for the site. Also in the film is Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) and, of course, Cumberbatch, who is playing Assange. It’s being directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters, Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2).

Could this be the thing that gets me to stop thinking of Stevens as something other than “That guy who plays Cousin Matthew and also has really great hair?” We shall see.

Edit: According to The Film Stage this movie now has a title: The Man Who Sold the World. Now I can stop referring to it as “that WikiLeaks movie.” Yay!

(via: Variety)

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  • Guest

    Firsthowing says the working title is ”The Man Who Sold the World”

  • Anonymous

    Any chance the movie will mention the rapes he committed?

  • Anonymous

    “Any chance the movie will mention the rapes he committed?” Every chance, I should think – which is why most Wikileaks supporters will boycott the film. They don’t like being told lies – that’s why they’re supporters of Wikileaks in the first place.

    I feel sorry for Dan Stevens. It’s not going to be good for his career being associated with what looks like it’s going to be a real turkey.

    The problem is that Dreamworks spent mega-bucks buying the rights to two books that the majority of Wikileaks supporters – surely the main market for a film like this – who goes to see a film about someone they dislike or don’t support? – know were full of self-seeking distortions by people making money by riding on the back of Wikileaks’ success.

    Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s book especially, which this film will be based on, is full of self-promoting – but easily spottable – lies. According to Der Spiegel, Domscheit-Berg is also heavily involved in the film’s production as a consultant.

    This is the man who sabotaged the Wikileaks submission platform, stole money and unpublished whistleblower submissions from them, conducted endless interviews smearing Julian Assange, publicised where the passphrase to the unredacted cableset could be found (David Leigh, Guardian journalist’s book chapter title – the other book the film is based on) and, to cap it all, DESTROYED 3,500 unpublished document that whistleblowers had submitted to Wikileaks, risking all to get the truth out to the public.

    Doubtless this is the man who this film will portray as the noble hero of information transparency, while Assange is portrayed as an narcisist and meglomaniac. The truth turned upsidedown.

    Wikileaks are already calling it the ANTI-Wikileaks movie. Says it all really.

  • Anonymous

    “Every chance, I should think – which is why most Wikileaks supporters will boycott the film. They don’t like being told lies – that’s why they’re supporters of Wikileaks in the first place.”
    Lies? Are you stating that you don’t believe he raped those women?

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, I haven’t heard that, truth be told. But I still stand by the victims.