Benedict Cumberbatch - "The Fifth Estate" Is Not The WikiLeaks Film Julian Assange Wanted To See

The first wave of WikiLeaks movies is finally seeing its day and director Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate like it’s going to be the first fictionalized account out of the gate. The first trailer for the Benedict Cumberbatch starrer has just been released and the film looks just as emotionally charged and grandiose as one would hope a film about the biggest story of the decade would be.

Check out the The Fifth Estate trailer below.

Instead of focusing solely on Julian Assange’s creation and defense of WikiLeaks, The Fifth Estate seems to put the strained friendship between Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg at the center of the plot, a la The Social Network. Speaking of The Social Network, from the trailer alone it seems that the fictionalized account of Assange’s story might bear a much stronger resemblance to the 2010 David Fincher masterpiece, than the upcoming Jobs, which is clearly aiming for “the new Social Network” status.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock Filming
The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as an impassioned Assange.

Following the most recent flare-up of the wire-tapping scandal in the US, it’s no wonder that the movie trailer paints Assange as an unsung hero, as the bringer of truth – complete with inspirational soundtrack. But having read the script, Assange himself is not impressed. According to NME, the WikiLeaks founder has seen the script and referred to the film as: “lie upon lie. The movie is a massive propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the character of my staff".

Maybe the movie won’t be as positive as the trailer makes it seem after all. The Fifth Estate also stars Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens and Stanley Tucci. It opens in UK cinemas on January 1, 2014, but will be in cinemas across the US as early as October 11 this year.

Daniel Bruhl, MTV EMA 2009
Daniel Bruhl is Assange's friend and ally, Daniel Domscheit-Berg.


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