Jeremy Renner Could Play Julian Assange In WikiLeaks Movie
It's been a while since WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was all over the headlines-- for posting the video of the Baghdad airstrike, among other incendiary documents, or for facing extradition to Sweden after the emergence of sexual assault charges. But Assange remains a fascinating, polarizing public figure, who will surely be stirring up more trouble one of these days, and more than a year after Hollywood first optioned Assange's autobiography for a potential feature film, there's finally forward movement on a different Assange film.
According to Deadline, Jeremy Renner is very, very interested in playing Assange in the film, which DreamWorks is currently developing. The studio is also looking into having Bill Condon, recently of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn but also of Dreamgirls, direct the film, though it's also possible they'll aim for independent financing. DreamWorks doesn't actually have the rights to Assange's autobiography, but to two detailed books about him-- WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War On Secrecy and Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange. Even though the WikiLeaks story is far from over, it's clearly time to get movie forward on a project before one of the many other potential Assange movies get moving.
With everything so up in the air it's hard to know what to anticipate, but we can all at least approve of Renner to play Assange. The intense actor has two Oscar nominations under his belt already, bears a fairly passing resemblance to Assange (though he'll need a wig for that iconic white hair), and as he prepares to play a more morally unambiguous spy in The Bourne Legacy, taking on a figure as slippery as Assange could be a fascinating challenge. No guarantees that any of this winds up happening, but maybe through the power of wishful thinking we can get Renner officially set for this role.
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