First Look: Benedict Cumberbatch As Wikileaks’ Julian Assange In THE FIFTH ESTATE

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The Fifth Estate

As the Sundance Film Festival rolls on, Bill Condon’s Wikileaks movie now titled The Fifth Estate has been adding cast members, co-financiers and even has a release date.

Not to mention DreamWorks have just announced that dramatic film has begun principal photography.

Furthermore, Benedict Cumberbatch as international fugitive Julian Assange is pictured above with his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, played by Inglourious Basterds’ Daniel Bruhl in the first official image from the film.

British star Cumberbatch and Spanish-born German thesp Bruhl are joined by co-stars Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), David Thewlis (War Horse), Peter Capaldi (In the Loop), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), and Carice van Houten (Black Book).

DreamWorks reveals it

traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks… We want to explore the complexities and challenges of transparency in the information age and, we hope, enliven and enrich the conversations WikiLeaks has already provoked.

Screenwriter Josh Singer (Fox’s Fringe) has based the script in part on Domscheit-Berg’s book ‘Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World’s Most Dangerous Website’, as well as ‘WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy’ by British journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding.

The film will open in the thick of the Oscar race, reaching U.S. theaters on November 15th, 2013.

Cumberbatch as Assange

Source: ScreenDaily/EW

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