The Julian Assange/WikiLeaks controversy is no longer the hot news of the day, but studios are still eager to tell the story. There’s a number of projects in the works, including DreamWorks’ adaptation of two books focusing on what some consider the most dangerous website in the world, and its founder–and Jeremy Renner wants in on it. Word is that the actor is looking hard to play the lead role in the film.
Deadline is reporting (though nothing is officially set in stone) that Renner is currently circling the role of Assange in DreamWorks’ version of the WikiLeaks story. The studio is also looking at Bill Condon, who’s fresh off The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, to direct the project.
DreamWorks’ feature will be based on two books: Daniel Domscheit-Berg‘s Inside WikiLeaks: My time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website and David Leigh and Luke Harding‘s WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange War on Secrecy. The studio is trying to avoid going to Assange for his life rights, and doing what Sony did with Mark Zuckerberg‘s story on The Social Network–just using the books as a basis for the movie instead of dealing with life rights.
Renner seems like a great choice to play Assange. It does seem like audiences are still scratching their heads about him, but we’re past wondering if he’s got real talent or not. He does. He’s been nominated by the Academy for his performances in The Hurt Locker and The Town. He’s also the star of the upcoming The Bourne Legacy and that right there should be enough to launch him into superstar status (just in case his Hawkeye role in The Avengers wasn’t enough).
There are a number of other projects focusing on this subject, in the works. Universal and Marc Shmuger have a documentary direct by Alex Gibney. And HBO, Universal and Megan Ellison are also working on films.
What do you think? Would Renner make a good Julian Assange?