Against some bigger expectations, Julian Assange did not crash the U.S. government or forever change the way private information is shared — but he is getting a few movies made about his life. Amongst the documentaries and features that have been percolating for at least a year, one of the most promising — if only because of the “inside access” at play — is set up at DreamWorks and waiting to find the right people. While we haven’t heard about it in almost 18 months, leading some (like yours truly) to let it slip their mind, development just kickstarted with two promising names at the center.
Deadline reports that Jeremy Renner and director Bill Condon (Breaking Dawn, Dreamgirls) are both keen on this biopic of the controversial WikiLeaks founder, with considerations and conversations all taking place as of this writing. It’s already off to a good start, but the currently-untitled feature would also stand out from other biopics for two main reasons: It would probably be the first major narrative to hit, which is already more than enough, and is using two revealing books as its launch point.
Those would happen to be David Leigh and Luke Harding‘s WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy, as well as Daniel Domscheit-Berg‘s Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website; the former is penned by two men who worked and personally interacted with the man, while the latter was written by Assange’s former second-in-command at the company.
Neither seem to portray Assange in the best of lights — this doesn’t set it apart from much media coverage, in all reality — which should make it a fairly complex, hard-to-navigate role for Renner. More interesting, then, seeing as he’s made a career out of essentially playing the emotionally wounded tough guy for the past years; that’s something he does plenty well with, but seeing him step outside the bounds a bit with this kind of character (and accent!) should be mighty interesting. Condon‘s not a guy I have much to say about, other than “the film will probably not be badly-directed.”
What do you make of Renner and Condon teaming to tackle Assange?
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