Alicia: Wiki film to spark debate

Press Association10 January 2013

Alicia Vikander has revealed she thinks the WikiLeaks movie will provoke debate, without taking sides.

The Swedish actress - best known for playing Kitty in Anna Karenina - will star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens in The Man Who Sold The World, the story of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his website.

Alicia revealed: "I think to work around something that is so pressing, it's a bit like when The Social Network came out, it's great to work with a subject that is so up in the air at the moment.

"If you read the news you've followed the story and Julian Assange went out and did a public speech at the Ecuadorian Embassy a few weeks ago on the same day we had our first table read.

"Our film is set up to the war logs so I hope it will start a lot of discussion, without choosing either side."

She added: "I met Benedict and I admired his work so much, so I'm very please to be on the same project as he is."

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn filmmaker Bill Condon is directing the movie, which is based on two books - WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War On Secrecy by David Leigh and Luke Harding, and Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World's Most Dangerous Website, written by Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

Meanwhile, Alicia, 24, is nominated for the EE Rising Star Award at this year's Baftas and is busy getting her red carpet outfits ready for award season.

She said: "It's actually a lot of work! I've met a few stylists but up 'til now I've just done everything myself. The red carpet is a fantastic place when you get to dress as yourself. So it can be quite tricky."

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