Remember those classified WikiLeaks documents that caused an international firestorm? The military believes Bradley Manning is the man that leaked them in the first place. This week, the Army filed 22 new charges against Manning, who currently is being confined at the brig at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia.
Whoever plays Manning in a movie needs to blend an activist's idealism with a military man's resolve. One possibility? Baby-faced Tobey Maguire. He not only does earnest well, he got a taste of military life in his role as Capt. Sam Cahill in "Brothers."
When WikiLeaks released thousands of embarrassing diplomatic cables, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the one who owed world leaders an explanation. In an online interview with Time magazine, Assange indicated that she should step down.
Marc Malkin, an entertainment columnist for E! Online, said he knows at least one woman in Hollywood who is ready for the challenge.
"I think it's time Annette Bening takes on the role," he said. "She has the acting chops, she has the political chops."
Little is known about the Swedish women accusing Assange of sexual assault, but in a British court they were referred to as "Miss A" and "Miss W."
According to news reports, one is a 31-year-old feminist activist and the other is a 27-year-old "admirer." Both claim Assange forced himself on them.
"You want sexy, mysterious women ... since we don't know much about them," said Malkin, adding that Keira Knightly could play the role of one woman.
Robin Wright, who will star in David Fincher's movie "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" later this year, potentially could play the role of the other woman. In that film, she will play the role of Erika Berger, a Swedish magazine publisher and feminist.
The man leading the criminal investigation against Assange, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said that WikiLeaks' documents threatened the country.
"The lives of people who work for the American people [have] been put at risk," Holder said. "The American people themselves have been put at risk by these actions that are, I believe, arrogant, misguided and, ultimately, not helpful in any way. We are doing everything that we can."
Although playing a government big-wig would be a first for him, actor Will Smith projects the kind of moral integrity needed to play an attorney general. And think back to "Independence Day" and "Men in Black." Smith is no stranger to taking on the role of a protector.
When the international police agency Interpol issued a "red notice" in December to track down Assange, his mother, Christine Assange, stepped out of the shadows in his defense.
"He's my son and I love him and, obviously, I don't want him hunted down and jailed," she told Australian radio at the time.
Since then, she has spoken to media around the world on his behalf.
Not only does Christine Assange bear a resemblance to actress Susan Sarandon, she appears to share her streak of activism too. The Hollywood luminary is famous for using her voice onscreen and off to raise awareness about a range of political causes.