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Benedict Cumberbatch & Joel Kinnaman To Possibly Topline DreamWorks' Julian Assange Pic Directed By Bill Condon

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 2, 2012 5:20 PM
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"The studio would not confirm this, but it seemed intriguing and dishy enough to discuss," says Deadline who we guess are feeling a bit saucy this afternoon, and hell we'll play along with that. Benedict Cumberbatch as the one of the most infamous men and political figures on the planet right now? Yeah, we'd like to see that.

Just to rewind, earlier this summer Bill Condon and Jeremy Renner were being tossed around as potential director and star in the movie DreamWorks has been developing about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for a while now. And while Renner looks to be out, Cumberbatch has stepped in as a possibility for the hacker/leaker, with Joel Kinnaman potentially as his former right right hand man, Daniel Domscheit-Berg. He's the guy who wrote "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website" which the studio picked up the rights to in the spring of 2011. At the same time they nabbed "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy" written by journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding, who recount their dealings with Assange as they worked with him on the publication of a couple of the big document dumps that made waves last year. And both books served as the source for the screenplay by Josh Singer ("The West Wing," "Fringe").

But nothing is confirmed at the moment, but both of these guys are definitely on the rise, with "Sherlock" star featuring in the upcoming "The Hobbit" movies as Smaug and in "Star Trek Into Darkness" as the still myterious villain. Meanwhile, Kinnaman will be dispensing justice next summer as "RoboCop." A team up with them directed by the newly liberated from the "Twilight" franchise, Bill Condon? Sure we'd be interested, but the movie is walking a tight line. The Assange saga is still not over, though as the Aussie movie "Underground" showed (read our TIFF review here), you can still tell a compelling story even by zeroing in on a specific moment in his life. And it seems this one is poised to tell of his split from his former right hand man. And while the material lends itself to swinging wildly in either direction, painting him as a hero or terrorist, we just hope we can get a balanced portrait on screen.

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  • Lark | November 8, 2012 4:09 AMReply

    Renner is out?! NOOOOOOOOOO!

  • fgbfdbvf | October 12, 2012 10:31 AMReply

    great pair.

  • Shunned | October 10, 2012 8:35 PMReply


  • Alex | October 2, 2012 8:07 PMReply

    I think Guy Pearce would be perfect for Assange.

  • Neil | October 2, 2012 7:24 PMReply

    Whatever happened to Condon's proposed Richard Pryor biopic?

  • ABBS | October 2, 2012 6:08 PMReply

    I'm thrilled at the idea of Cumberbatch playing Assange but not fussed on Condon. It needs a better director

  • hw | October 2, 2012 5:58 PMReply

    Cant they pick a better director. I'd like Cumberbatch to play Hugh Hefner in Peter Morgan's scripted film

  • guest | October 2, 2012 5:57 PMReply

    Cumberbatch is amazing. He never fails with script choices. He's the most exciting actor around.

  • Ally | October 2, 2012 5:40 PMReply

    Well, he's also the director and writer of Gods and Monsters, so I guess it depends on the script and the genre. This combination is rather intriguing and Cumberbatch generally knows how to pick his projects; I'd like to see this if the script is good.

  • a | October 2, 2012 5:37 PMReply

    I would love to see this happen!

  • DHE | October 2, 2012 5:35 PMReply

    Renner and Cumberbatch are the best. Tim Robbins at his prime would have been perfect

  • dan | October 2, 2012 5:34 PMReply

    Cumberbatch will own 2013.

  • David | October 2, 2012 5:23 PMReply

    Bill Condon from Twlight ?? I just threw up in my mouth .

  • d | October 2, 2012 5:38 PM

    AND Bill Condon from Gods & Monsters and Kinsey.

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