Called The Fifth Estate, the film tells the story of WikiLeaks founder Assange and the 2006 launch of the controversial website, which was ostensibly meant to hold governments accountable for their actions by providing the public with access to confidential intelligence documents. Assange remains a polarizing figure today for a variety of reasons and is currently still living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, in order to avoid extradition orders from both Sweden and the United States.
Despite the (admittedly a bit creepy) blonde wig, it’s clear Cumberbatch has spent some time watching videos of Assange giving speeches, because he has so many of his mannerisms down pat. This already appears to be a frighteningly uncanny portrayal.
Get your first look at the official trailer for The Fifth Estate below:
The fantastic ensemble cast includes Daniel Bruhl, David Thewlis, Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, Peter Capaldi, as well as Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens (though he doesn’t appear in this trailer.)
The screenplay is based on two books: Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy. The real Assange is apparently already not a fan of the film, calling it a “massive propaganda attack” according to The Guardian.
The film looks likes a surefire awards contender, and has already been chosen to open the prestigious Toronto Film Festival in September. The film will then be released –probably in a limited capacity to start with – beginning October 11.
What say you? Interested in seeing The Fifth Estate?