As­sange movie?

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

AMER­I­CAN ac­tor Macau­lay Culkin, best known for his child roles, has been tipped as a fron­trun­ner to play Ju­lian As­sange in an up­com­ing film about Wik­iLeaks.

Steven Spiel­berg has bought the rights to the story of the Wik­iLeaks saga, the UK’s Guardian news­pa­per re­ports, and on Thurs­day it pub­lished a list of ac­tors who could take on a film role as the pale-haired Aus­tralian who grew up on Mag­netic Is­land.

Culkin, 30, along with Or­lando Bloom and Bri­tish ac­tress Tilda Swin­ton were named as pos­si­bil­i­ties to play the 39-year-old.

Adding to the ob­vi­ous jest of the ar­ti­cle came the sug­ges­tion that the now de­ceased John In­man ( fa­mous for his role as Mr Humphries in Are You Be­ing Served?) be con­sid­ered for the part.

The book, writ­ten by Guardian j our­nal­ists David Leigh and Luke Hard­ing, charts As­sange’s life from his itin­er­ant Aus­tralian child­hood through to the op­er­a­tions of his con­tro­ver­sial se­cret-leak­ing web­site.

The text also tells the in­side story of As­sange’s deal­ings with The Guardian and the ca­bles re­leases.

‘‘ It’s Wood­ward and Bern­stein meets Stieg Lars­son meets Ja­son Bourne, ’’ Guardian edi­tor-in-chief said of the film. Plus the odd mo­ment of sheer farce and, in Ju­lian As­sange, a com­pelling char­ac­ter who goes be­yond what any scriptwriter would dare to in­vent.’’

The film is one of a num­ber of pro­duc­tions based on Wik­iLeaks and its founder, who has ap­plied to reg­is­ter his name in the UK as an en­ter­tain­ment ser­vices trade­mark, pre­vent­ing unau­tho­rised en­dorse­ments of prod­ucts us­ing his name.

MYS­TIC FIG­URE: Ju­lian As­sange hails from Mag­netic Is­land

Macau­lay Culkin

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