Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in 'The Fifth Estate' Trailer
by Alex Billington
July 16, 2013
"He's not a journalist - he's a threat to national security!" Cumberbatch as Assange. Disney (yep) has just released the first trailer for Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate, the glossy Hollywood version of the Wikileaks story about Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Yea they whipped this up pretty quick. We already have an excellent Wikileaks doc out this year, We Steal Secrets, but this version of the story is much more cinematic, much more The Social Network meets Argo, because why not reference that film. This looks really cheesy, but I love the Wikileaks story and Cumberbatch is a great actor, so I say bring it on.
Here's the first full trailer for Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate, in high def on YouTube:
Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey, Twilight: Breaking Dawn) is directing The Fifth Estate from a screenplay by Josh Singer ("The West Wing" and "Fringe") and is based in part on Daniel 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. Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis and Alicia Vikander also co-star in the film based on real events. Disney is releasing the DreamWorks-developed The Fifth Estate in theaters everywhere October 11th later this fall.
Good lord he's a great actor.
Xerxexx on Jul 16, 2013
This looks phenomenal. As you said, has a ¨The Social Network¨ vibe. This one looks like a strong contender during the awards season.
Julionavas on Jul 16, 2013
and he's wearing a pirate bay t-shirt and some kid some where will get fined for uploading it to the pirate bay... oh the irony.
Kento on Jul 16, 2013
Fined? Try jail.
Lars on Jul 17, 2013
Cumberbatch is a chameleon.
DAVIDPD on Jul 16, 2013
ff on Jul 17, 2013
We certainly need a flick like this out right now
Nick Sears on Jul 17, 2013
Props to Disney I guess?
OfficialJab on Jul 17, 2013
It's alway strange hearing a fake Aussie accent in a movie. (I think) he did quite well, considering.
Carl Manson on Jul 17, 2013
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