Although it’s been going under Untiled WikiLeaks Project for quite some time, producers have finally gone with a tentative title for their upcoming Julian Assange drama. According to sources, they’ll be using The Man Who Sold the World as they head into a January production — no relation to the David Bowie song.
Led by Benedict Cumberbatch in the main role, we’ve also got word from Variety that Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has joined the cast that follows the WikiLeaks founder. Stevens will play a hacker who is close friends with Daniel Domscheit-Berg, portrayed by Inglourious Basterds star Daniel Bruhl. Swedish starlet Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina, A Royal Affair) also recently joined the cast.
The Man Who Sold the World is being helmed for DreamWorks by Bill Condon, director of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2 and veteran television writer Josh Singer (The West Wing, Fringe) adapts the screenplay from the two books, Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, as well as David Leigh and Luke Harding’s WIkiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy.
The film will focus on Assange and the setting up of WilkiLeaks, as the non-profit organization came to be in 2006 and has gone onto leak a significant number of anonymous, corporate and government documents from around the world to the public. In February of 2010 WikiLeaks had its well-known “Cablegate,” a U.S. diplomatic cables leak that would become the organization’s undoing. Assange, currently seeking asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy on London, will give a public Christmas speech tonight from the embassy at 19:00 GMT.
When discussing the “merit” of titles joining The Criterion Collection, it seems like a no brainer to see Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor’s Safety Last! as the latest masterpiece to get a spine number. The Harold Lloyd-starring comedy remains an endlessly delightful romp, as inventive as well as relatable as it must have felt in [...]
Today marks the launch of our new recurring column, which dives into the cream of the crop when it comes to this week’s home releases, including Blu-ray and DVD, as well recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best films one can take home. Note that [...]
Note: The following piece contains spoilers for both Shadow of a Doubt and Stoker. Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt is already available on Blu-ray, as a component of the sizeable Hitchcock box-set that was released last October. This month, however, sees its individual, standalone release on the format, and the timing couldn’t be more [...]
After a recent New York screening of František Vláčil‘s Marketa Lazarová, my friend and fellow critic, Vadim Rizov, tweeted the following response: “Sheep God war men snow church blood swords ‘old crone’ justice grass wtf WTF UNCLE.” He certainly wasn’t alone in such a confused response. Lazarová — now out on Blu-ray via Criterion — is [...]
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