Jeremy Renner Looking to Play Julian Assange in WikiLeaks Movie

July 23, 2012

Julian Assange / Jeremy Renner

It's been a little while since WikiLeaks was dominating news headlines as the work of Julian Assange and his infamous website was under scrutiny for exposing secret government information through leaked, classified documents, e-mails, cables and more. But that doesn't mean Hollywood has forgotten about bringing the story to the big screen. Last year DreamWorks picked up both WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy and Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website for a feature film, and now the studio wants Jeremy Renner to take the lead role.

And while the story still needs an ending with Assange currently hiding out in the United Kingdom, seeking political asylum from the Ecuadorian embassy, as both the United States and Sweden want him for different crimes, DreamWorks already has their eye on Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, Dreamgirls) to direct the film. But without an ending so far, it might be hard to have a solid story to bring to the big screen. There are several WikiLeaks projects in development, and there's no telling whether this one will be better off than any of the others (no matter how similar Renner looks to Assange), especially considering Renner just took on a big role in David O. Russell's project formerly known as American Bullshit, no to mention his commitment to Marvel and The Avengers sequel coming down the road. I suppose we'll have to wait and see how the real world, and the film world play this situation out.

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This is a much more suitable role for Renner than these GI Joe roles he's been playing.

Big Boss Sal on Jul 23, 2012


So, how long untill Sorkin is hired to right the Script?

ryderup on Jul 23, 2012


I'm so sick of this pitbull-faced actor.

Bobo_Vision on Jul 24, 2012


Damn, its like the guy screwed your wife or something chill.

Cody W on Jul 25, 2012


His story isn't finished yet. Wikileaks was funny, people seemed surprised that our governments were involved in wrong doing. Call me cynical, but if it came out that politicians bathed in baby blood from time time to time it wouldn't surprise me.

Carpola on Jul 24, 2012


Who's playing Lemmiwinks?

breck on Jul 24, 2012


Whaaaattt?? Renner doesn't even look like Assange one bit! When this hit the press few years back, i knew Hollywood would make a movie out of this and i had the actor in mind to play Julian and it was Kevin Spacey. The dude looks EXACTLY like him!!

Whatiswrongwithus on Jul 26, 2012


I swear if they send letters when I pirate this movie I'll-

Jerkface McGee on Aug 16, 2012

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