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Carice van Houten Takes Role In WikiLeaks Project ‘Man Who Sold the World’; Noomi Rapace Confirmed for ‘Animal Rescue’

Written by on January 18, 2013 

After some casting shake-ups this past fall, a truly impressive group has calcified for Bill Condon‘s WikiLeaks film, The Man Who Sold the World. Benedict Cumberbatch doing his best Julian Assange is, alone, all they’d need to have me on a bandwagon; all the better that Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds), Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina, A Royal Affair), and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) have been placed into lead and supporting spots, too.

Variety have been told that Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones, Black Book) is the next to sign with Condon and DreamWorks — grabbing what sounds to be a nice role, no less. Josh Singer‘s script calls for her to appear as Birgitta Jonsdottir, a former journalist (and current member of Icelandic parliament) who acted as the public mouthpiece of Assange, Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), and WikiLeaks during their mutual tenure. Seeing as The Man Who Sold the World puts the fractured relationship between these two men at its heart, playing one who works amongst them should grant van Houten a good scene or two.

A second, smaller item concerning foreign actresses taking roles in English-language features came in today — also from Variety. As a follow-up to the news that she had circled a major role, it’s been confirmed that Noomi Rapace will take a top role in Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam‘s Animal Rescue, putting her in the company of Tom Hardy. (I think jokes about that guy from Prometheus have exhausted themselves.)

Based on Dennis Lehane‘s short story — once set in Boston, now transplanted to New York — Animal Rescue follows a bartender (Hardy) who winds up in trouble after saving a wounded dog, an action which lands him in hot water with the abusive owner and his own gangster bosses. Rapace, meanwhile, is to play Nadia, “a woman with a scar across her entire neck who crosses paths with the protag when he finds a wounded puppy outside her home.” My, my, will the sparks fly between these two.

Knowing about the presence of both van Houten and Rapace, are you holding out more hope for their respective projects?

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