This is not a documentary – says director Bill Condon about his upcoming Wikileaks thriller The Fifth Estate, which (in case you forgot) opens next month. Here’s one pretty cool behind-the-scenes featurette from the movie which sends a pretty simple question to all of us: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society? Complicated issue, that’s for sure, head inside to take a look…
Condon directed the whole thing from a script written by Josh Singer, which reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.
The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Daniel Bruhl as his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg. They team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful.
And here’s the rest of the story:
On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they start to battle each other…
Also starring Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Dan Stevens, Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney, the film is set to hit limited theaters on October 18th, 2013.
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