Benedict Cumberbatch And Joel Kinnaman To Star In The Julian Assange Biopic?
When it comes to casting biopics you can either go for similarities in appearance or you can go for acting talent so good that it would negate any aesthetic difference. If the following story is true than Bill Condon's upcoming movie about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has magically found an actor who has both.
Deadline is reporting word that Benedict Cumberbatch has been hired to play the notorious Australian journalist and that Joel Kinnaman will play his right hand man, Daniel Domscheit-Berg. It's worth noting that while the story's source is generally confident in their scoops, this particular one has a question mark in the headline, meaning that it could be incorrect. DreamWorks, which is producing the movie, wouldn't confirm either casting.
The project began back in March of 2011 when the studio first bought the rights to the 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 Domscheit-Berg. Josh Singer, who has previously written for shows like The West Wing, Lie To Me and Fringe, is handling the script duties, and while Condon (who has his second Twilight movie coming out this November) isn't 100% confirmed to direct, it's very likely.
The film will see Assange create the WikiLeaks site, which he then used to leak classified government documents that would often contain embarrassing secrets. He is currently not only wanted in the US for the information that he leaked, but also in Sweden on charges of sexual assault.
Both Cumberbatch and Kinnaman have signed on for major franchises that have been making their way through production. First the Sherlock star will be seen in Star Trek Into Darkness, and then the Swedish star will be playing the lead role in the remake of RoboCop.
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