Swedish thesp joins DreamWorks' Julian Assange biopic
DreamWorks continues to build a strong international cast for its untitled Wikileaks movie as Swedish thesp Alicia Vikander is in negotiations to star in the Julian Assange biopic.Bill Condon directs the pic that also stars Brit Benedict Cumberbatch and Spanish thesp Daniel Bruhl. “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg will be the basis of the film, along with DreamWorks’ other acquisition “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy,” by U.K. reporters David Leigh and Luke Harding. Josh Singer will adapt. Pic revolves around the Wikileaks founder who launched the whistleblowing site in 2006 and began antagonizing world governments by leaking embarrassing diplomatic cables and other state secrets, prompting the U.S. to seek to prosecute. Vikander will play Bruhl’s co-worker and eventual love interest. Steve Golin, Michael Sugar and Bard Dorros will produce for Anonymous Content, with production to start next year. Recently named one of Variety’s 10 actors to watch, Vikander has been putting the work in over the last year to land some high-profile roles, including opposite Jeff Bridges in Legendary’s fantasy “The Seventh Son.” She’s also one of a handful of actresses vying for the title role in Disney’s revamping of “Cinderella.” She is repped by UTA, Tavistock Wood Management and Actors in Scandinavia.