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Julian Assange emailed Benedict Cumberbatch to ask him to not to participate in the film.
The character "Ziggy" is based on the WikiLeaks Volunteer Sigurdur Thordarson that later turned out to be an FBI Informant.
The film's title sequence, which depicts the history of news communication, took over a year to create.
On September 18 2013, Wikileaks released a mature version of the complete script to the public, because "the film is, from WikiLeaks' perspective, irresponsible, counterproductive and harmful." They also published a "Talking Points" memo "because it represents a frank internal appraisal of [the film] and what is wrong with it."
James McAvoy was cast as Daniel Domscheit-Berg but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts his stage play, Macbeth. Daniel Brühl replaced him.
On July 2012 it was reported that Jeremy Renner was very keen on playing Julian Assange. However, it was announced on October the same year that Benedict Cumberbatch has landed the lead.
On 7 October 2013, The Guardian ran a piece by journalist Ian Katz about the experience of being played in this movie by Dan Stevens. He pointed out that colleagues of his who were much more involved with the WikiLeaks revelations did not feature in the film, but dryly wrote that it was flattering to be played by an "Aryan pin-up".
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Joel Kinnaman auditioned for the role of Daniel Domscheit-Berg.
Five actors in this film play characters associated with Marvel productions. Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Daniel Brühl (Baron Zemo), Stanley Tucci (Dr. Abraham Erskine), Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Dan Stevens (Legion).
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Actors who starred in three iconic British TV shows of the early 2010s appear in this movie, Benedict Cumberbatch (_Sherlock_), Peter Capaldi (_Doctor Who_) and Dan Stevens (_Downton Abbey_), as well as an actress from an equally iconic HBO series, Carice van Houten (_Game of Thrones_).
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Peter Capaldi and Alicia Vikander; and three Oscar nominees: Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci and Benedict Cumberbatch.
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According to a Dec. 2016 article in 'Der Spiegel' magazine, the director Bill Condon visited their publishing house and took notes for the production design. The location was recreated in a studio in Brussels, but they made the rooms much bigger than the original ones are. Details like the old 'Spiegel' covers hanging on the wall (showing Albert Einstein etc.) are authentic, but the real ones are much smaller than the giant reproductions in the movie.
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