Jeremy Renner and Julian Assange may be doughy-faced twins on the big screen soon, according to a report from Deadline. The website indicates that Bourne Legacy star Renner is circling a role as WikiLeaks founder Assange in a film being developed by DreamWorks. Twilight Saga's Bill Condon has been rumored to direct, but these project updates are just that — rumors.
DreamWorks snatched up rights to the lengthily titled 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 by Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Deadline also hints that the film may be moving toward an independent financing model, but DreamWorks is apparently denying that.
Deadline reminds us of Assange's colorful and controversial recent history:
"Assange launched WikiLeaks in 2006 and established himself as a major thorn in the side of governments for leaking embarrassing diplomatic cables and secrets. He has been dealing with his own legal travails, as Sweden wants to try him for sexually assaulting two women and the U.S. wants to prosecute him for leaking classified documents, after it arrested an Army soldier for allegedly providing Assange with the goods. Assange most recently sought asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in the U.K. as he tries to avoid going back to Sweden."
This isn't the only Assange-inspired tale in the works. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room director Alex Gibney is working on a doc for Universal, and HBO and The Master producer Megan Ellison are working on other films. We agree that the Oscar-nominated, diverse actor is an inspired choice for the part so we'll happily back the decision should it come to pass. What about you?