First Look: Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in 'The Fifth Estate'

January 22, 2013
Source: EW

The Fifth Estate

In case you missed the news, Benedict Cumberbatch is playing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a DreamWorks film that has now been titled The Fifth Estate. The story follows Assange, the founder of the site that had the world on edge as it exposed dozens of secret government documents, as WikiLeaks rises to headline making fame. Told from the perspective of Assange's right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), the film will portray Assange first as a noble crusader and then a man becomes "drunk with power as he grows increasingly paranoid and obsessed with winning the war of information." And now a first look photo of Cumberbatch (bleached blond and all) and Brühl in the film has surfaced. Look below!

Here's the first photo from Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate via EW:

The Fifth Estate

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 star in the true story film which doesn't have a release date set yet, but is currently in production. Stay tuned for more updates on the film. Interested?

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I'm not too sure about the bleached blonde look, but hey, it could grow on me like the blonde in Parade's End. I'd like to see this, and how both actors apply themselves to the parts.

Jennifer Meadows on Jan 22, 2013


Really looking forward to seeing Cumberbatch in a more dramatic lead. If he can put forth the type of work he did in Tinker, Tailor then this should be a riveting show. Looking forward to more postings on this.

Thexn on Jan 22, 2013


he should be The Riddler.

comic393 on Jan 22, 2013


Looks like propaganda.

Jesse Bangerter on Jan 23, 2013


Julian Assange is not pleased about this movie, and claims this is just more lies?

David Banner on Jan 25, 2013

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