Benedict Cumberbatch As Julian Assange? Hot Rumor Has 'Sherlock' Star Taking Biopic

10/02/2012 06:50 pm ET

Could Benedict Cumberbatch play Julian Assange in a new biopic about the former WikiLeaks founder that DreamWorks is setting up? That's the latest rumor from Deadline.com's Mike Fleming, who notes that the studio did not confirm Cumberbatch's potential involvement. That could have something to do with Jeremy Renner: The "Bourne Legacy" star was reportedly involved in the Assange film over the summer.

"You're assuming that all that happens!" Renner told Vulture when asked about the WikiLeaks film, which Bill Condon is attached to direct. "It's a long road to happen with that, and the content is interesting, but other than that, I couldn't tell you the reality of it."

Should Cumberbatch snag the role, it would be another feather in his increasingly feathered hat. The actor -- who starred in the 2011 films "War Horse" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" -- is playing the villain in "Star Trek 2" and lends his voice to both Smaug and the Necromancer in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy. Cumberbatch is also co-starring in Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years A Slave" with Brad Pitt and was recently added to the lineup for "August: Osage County," opposite Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

For more on Cumberbatch's potential involvement, as well as which rising TV star might play Assange's right-hand man in the film, head over to Deadline.com.

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