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James McAvoy Leaves Wikileaks Film Due To X-Men Commitments, Daniel Bruhl Replaces Him

I have bad news for all of you who started thinking of Star Trek/X-Men crossovers when it was announced that James McAvoy would be starring in director Bill Condon's upcoming Wikileaks movie alongside Benedict Cumberbatch - it turns out that Professor Xavier won't be involved with the true-life drama and has been replaced. New reports say that negotiations between McAvoy and the production broke down during talks and he has been replaced with Daniel Bruhl, whose previous credits include movies like Inglourious Basterds and The Bourne Ultimatum.

THR says that a deal between the actor and the film has been finalized and says he will play Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the author of the books "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website" (on which the movie is partially based). Assange will be played by Cumberbatch, which was revealed back in October. Prior to the news about McAvoy it was rumored that Joel Kinnaman would be playing Domscheit-Berg. It was recently reported that Laura Linney is in talks for the project as well, however, the trade says that an offer has not yet been made (though they are interested in having her play the part of a State Department official).

Apparently the issue between McAvoy and the biopic wasn't the material, but rather the scheduling. The Scottish actor is gearing up to start production on X-Men: Days of Future Past early next year and apparently that creates a conflict with the filming for Wikileaks. The X-Men sequel will be released July 18, 2014.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.