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Alicia: Wiki film to spark debate
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is nominated for the EE Bafta Rising Star Award
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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