'Inglourious Basterds' Star Replaces James McAvoy in Wikileaks Film
Unless you spotted him in a small role in The Bourne Ultimatum, American audiences got their best look at German actor Daniel Brühl when he played the sniper-turned-movie-star Fredrick Zoller in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds. He hasn't acted in much on this side of the world since then, but according to THR, Brühl is now set to replace James McAvoy in the Wikileaks movie that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon is directing for DreamWorks. The film follows Julian Assange, the founder of the site that had the world on edge as it exposed dozens of secret government documents.
This film has already seen its share of actor shakeups, since it was originally supposed to star Jeremy Renner as Assange but "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch stepped up to replace him. Laura Linney just signed on this past Monday in an unknown role, so even with the shifting of cast members and a script from newcomer Josh Singer, it looks like this one is going to turn out with some great talent attached. From what we can gather, most of the movie hinges on Assange's relationship with Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), who started out working with the influential webmaster before leaving the site due to conflicting ethical ideologies. I'm looking forward to seeing more from Brühl since he hasn't done many mainstream films, and if he can hold his own against a rising star like Cumberbatch, we might have another future A-lister on our hands. Thoughts?