Could Benedict Cumberbatch Play WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange?

Benedict Cumberbatch at the 2012 BAFTA TV Awards. (Rex Features via AP Images)

Here’s the Benedict Cumberbatch-related Rumor of the Week: Deadline reports that the Sherlock star is allegedly in talks to play Julian Assange in a proposed DreamWorks film, with Bill Condon likely attached as director. Could Benny be testing his Aussie accent to play the embattled WikiLeaks founder, who is currently holed up in an Ecuador’s London embassy? Here’s a bit of Assange speaking back in August:

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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