As the release of The Fifth Estate film looms nearer, correspondence has come to light between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays him in the film.
In his letter, Assange warns Cumberbatch off the role, suggesting it is a “bad idea” and will “distort events”.
On tomorrow night's Graham Norton Show, Cumberbatch says of his secret-sharing acquaintance, “I guess he could mess with my life, but he’s got bigger fish to fry.”
But hang on a minute Mr Cumberbatch… Sherlock fans have made a good point. Posting on Radio Times Facebook page, one writes, “But what if Assange leaks how Sherlock survived the fall!?! Has nobody thought of the consequences?”
(The Fall being the dramatic end of series two, of course, which saw Sherlock plunge from the roof of a hospital, only to appear later on, alive and well).
Another fan jokes, “I’m so desperate to know after 21 months that I don’t think I’ll mind. Especially if it comes with complementary footage of it.”
We’re sort of sure the end of Sherlock doesn’t come under the banner of “bigger fish to fry” (for Assange, at least) but you know, plan for the best, prepare for the worst and all that.
Just imagine the look on Sherlock’s face…