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DreamWorks looking at Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Kinnaman for Julian Assange film

Oct. 2, 2012by: Niki Stephens

There's been some talk of a Julian Assange film ever since his name hit the news. DreamWorks are finally trying to pull together a cast, as well as a director. Talks of Bill Condon (KINSEY, DREAMGIRLS) as helmer have been going on for a bit now. The studio is now in talks with Benedict Cumberbatch to play Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, and Joel Kinnaman to play his former right hand man, Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

DreamWorks picked up the rights to Domscheit-Berg's book, Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website, and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy, by David Leigh and Luke Harding. Over the Summer, there were some talks of Renner getting involved, but we have heard nothing on that since it first surfaced.

For those who haven't heard of Assange and Wikieaks here is some background:

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. The film’s third act continues to unfold, but there is no shortage of projects based on the polarizing figure. Universal and Marc Shmuger have an Alex Gibney-directed documentary, while HBO, Universal and Megan Ellison are also working on films.

Source: Deadline

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9:40AM on 10/03/2012
I never thought of Cumberbatch for Assange, but he'd be perfect! Oh, sure, he's better looking. I always thought of Assange as a taller, icier version of Neil Patrick Harris. Only not funny.
I never thought of Cumberbatch for Assange, but he'd be perfect! Oh, sure, he's better looking. I always thought of Assange as a taller, icier version of Neil Patrick Harris. Only not funny.
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6:20AM on 10/03/2012
Cumberbatch will be great in another strong assertive character! Its nice to see that Hollywood is finally utilizing this awesome actor's potential to the full affect these days.... :P
Cumberbatch will be great in another strong assertive character! Its nice to see that Hollywood is finally utilizing this awesome actor's potential to the full affect these days.... :P
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9:11PM on 10/02/2012

Is the title The Gayest Thing You've Ever Seen?

JULIAN ASSANGE should be strung up by his neck. He's not some freedom proponent. He's a weasley little bitch with a face like a broken asshole who started a site to make himself some money like anyone else. Now he's using the cause head libtards by welcomg his position as anti government poster boy to make the money. Hollywood has it's head up it's ass. What a fucking waste of time. Unless it's a fantasy film like Death of a President. That would be awesome. The Great Causehead Massacre. It's
JULIAN ASSANGE should be strung up by his neck. He's not some freedom proponent. He's a weasley little bitch with a face like a broken asshole who started a site to make himself some money like anyone else. Now he's using the cause head libtards by welcomg his position as anti government poster boy to make the money. Hollywood has it's head up it's ass. What a fucking waste of time. Unless it's a fantasy film like Death of a President. That would be awesome. The Great Causehead Massacre. It's just a movie about a handful of normal guys who shoot urbanite dipshits for 90 minutes. That's what Megan Eillison, Universal, and HBO should be working on. They shoot them and then turn their bicycles into SUV's that run on inter-racial gay couple's tears.
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9:51AM on 10/03/2012
Y'know Higgins, if you weren't so full of righteous hatred I might could agree with you. Not on the hanging thing, but while I'm one of those "libtards" you're referring to, Julian Assange is no hero. He's a control freak who has alienated a lot of his old WikiLeaks contributors. In short, the sort of controversial character any actor would be lucky to get to play. I highly doubt this will be propagandist. Assange will probably have plenty to criticize, since he's got a huge ego and doesn't
Y'know Higgins, if you weren't so full of righteous hatred I might could agree with you. Not on the hanging thing, but while I'm one of those "libtards" you're referring to, Julian Assange is no hero. He's a control freak who has alienated a lot of his old WikiLeaks contributors. In short, the sort of controversial character any actor would be lucky to get to play. I highly doubt this will be propagandist. Assange will probably have plenty to criticize, since he's got a huge ego and doesn't like people painting any picture of him other than the one he approves.