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The Scottish actor is up for the role of WikiLeaks' insider Daniel Domscheit-Berg, with Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange

The Last King of Scotland actor James McAvoy is set to join Benedict Cumberbatch in the cast of the as-yet-untitled Wikileaks film currently being developed by DreamWorks, reports Variety.

Cumberbatch will play WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, while McAvoy is in negotiations to play Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the German "technology activist" who became Assange's associate at WikiLeaks in 2007 and spokesperson for the organisation, but who then fell out with Assange and left WikiLeaks three years later. Domscheit-Berg is also the author of Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website, one of the production's principal sources for the film; the other is WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy by Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding.

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