Julian Assange's Life Turning Into Movies

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepares to speak to reporters on the grounds of Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, England, Dec. 17, 2010. AFP/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepares to speak to reporters on the grounds of Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, England, Dec. 17, 2010.
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While Julian Assange idles in the U.K. pending the outcome of his legal problems related to sexual assault charges - and whatever the U.S. Department of Justice has in store related to his WikiLeaks activities - his celebrity is growing.

Variety reports that Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Productions have optioned rights to Andrew Fowler's forthcoming book, "The Most Dangerous Man in the World," for a movie about the WikiLeaks founder.

In addition, HBO has a film in the works, and Universal Pictures is considering a documentary, according to various reports.

For movie fans, and the producers, the question is who will play the peripatetic WikiLeaker in a biopic.

Among those who might have the right look for the role are Paul Bettany, Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Craig.

Check out our gallery, Who Will Play Julian Assange?, and take our poll.

In other Assange news, Mark Stephens, the lead defense attorney for the WikiLeaks founder, released a 35-page document on Tuesday asserting that if his client is extradited to Sweden, the "US will seek his extradition and/or illegal rendition to the USA, where there will be a real risk of him being detained at Guantanamo Bay or elsewhere."

On Saturday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Phillip J. Crowley tweeted, "The claim by the lawyer for #JulianAssange that his client could go to #Guantanamo is pure legal fantasy. Save it for the movie."

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