Jeremy Renner IS Julian Assange?

The Bourne Legacy star could play the WikiLeaks mastermind in a film by Gods and Monsters director Bill Condon.

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We've had a few high-profile modern day biopics in a row now. The Social Network, about Mark Zuckerberg and the rise of social media, and Moneyball, about Billy Beane and the evolution of baseball through statistical analysis, are probably the most prominent (not to mention the most Oscar-nominated). And lest we forget, we've got movies about Steve Jobs and the founders of MTV on the way too. Now Dreamworks appears to be prepping a biography of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who brought whistleblowing into the 20th century en masse. And there's a good chance that two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner will play him.

Deadline reports that Renner is considering playing Assange in the as-yet-untitled film from Dreamworks, and it's an intriguing shift in direction from a star who has specialized in hard-ass characters since his breakout role in Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker. The Australian Assange was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to world discourse through WikiLeaks, but was also arrested for alleged sex crimes in Sweden. So we imagine, unless they're going all Confessions of a Dangerous Mind on the source material, that Renner won't have to shoot anyone for a change. 

It's not official yet, but it is also being reported that Bill Condon, who brought you the last two films in the Twilight franchise, is looking into directing the project. After starting his career with films like Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, Condon came into prominence with two other biopics: Gods and Monsters, about Bride of Frankenstein director James Whale, and Kinsey, about Alfred Kinsey, the controversial pioneer in human sexuality research.

The film – based on the biographies 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 – has been written by Josh Singer, who contributed multiple episodes of the popular TV series "Fringe." 

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