It was bound to happen at some point: DreamWorks is developing a movie about WikiLeaks. There are a number of competing projects being cooked up around Hollywood, including an HBO movie, two other films, and a documentary. But DreamWorks has its hands on two WikiLeaks books (Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a former WikiLeaks executive, and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy by two journalists who published WikiLeaks info in the Guardian). ‘Leaks isn’t happy about the new development.
But as far as movies about technology nerds go, this one could be kind of good, as opposed to snooze-of-the-year (sorry, everyone in America who inexplicably loves this movie) The Social Network. There’s intrigue, crime, mysterious characters, travel, Australian accents, and, let’s face it — Julian Assange is way more villainous and complex than Mark Zuckerberg, bless his heart.
Who should play Assange? I would say Jude Law, but he’s way too good-looking. Crispin Glover, or is he too blatantly creepy? Vulture suggests James McAvoy, and that sounds about right. It’ll be interesting to see how they deal with the whole Sweden rape scandal thing. Not to mention the infamous OkCupid profile.