The Fifth Estate - due to be released in November - "traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks," say the film's studio, DreamWorks.
But Wikileak's central figure, a certain Julian Assange, branded the film as "a lie upon lie," telling the audience at the university's Oxford Union debating club that, "The movie is a massive propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the character of my staff." The Australian internet activist managed to procure the script, and divulged that the opening scene was set inside a military complex in Iran with documents containing nuclear symbols. "How does this have anything to do with us?" Assange queried from the Ecuadoran embassy in London. DreamWorks Studios announced on Tuesday that it had begun shooting the WikiLeaks movie, which stars British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange.
The director, Bill Condon - who helmed the final two "Twilight" films - said the movie "won't claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgement". He added that "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."