Last night there was word from Deadline that Jeremy Renner may be interested in starring in Dreamworks’s film about Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks. The studio, which bought the rights to the books “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy,”" by David Leigh and Luke Harding, and “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website,” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, is reportedly talking to Bill Condon about directing the film.
Renner first won notice for his intense dramatic roles, such as his Oscar nominated turns in “The Hurt Locker” and “The Town.” Since then he’s been drafted into action franchises, such as “The Avengers,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and the upcoming “The Bourne Legacy.” Not to demean those type of movies, which call for their own type of artistry, but I’m sure Renner must be looking for a role that requires a little less, running, jumping, and fighting and a little more character development.
Assange, as you no doubt recall, drove various governments crazy after he build the site WikiLeaks, where he published confidential–and often embarrassing–communications. Assange has his own personal problems to deal with, though–the Swedish government wants to charge him with assaulting two women and the US government wants to prosecute him for leaking classified documents. He most recently sought asylum in Ecuador’s British embassy in an effort to avoid being extradited to Sweden.
“The Bourne Legacy” opens August 10th. Condon’s latest effort, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2″ opens on November 16th.