The first official picture of Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness) as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The film entitled The Fifth Estate is slated to be released on November 15 in the US, with Josh Singer (The West Wing) as screenwriter based on the book Inside Wikileaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg.
In the photo, Cumberbatch stands with Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds), who plays Domscheit-Berg, Assange’s ‘technology activist’ and spokesman.
The film takes place during the beginning days of the now infamous website leading to the dramatic turn of events as they released confidential government and military information to the world.
“It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it’s revolutionized the spread of information,” director Bill Condon (Kinsey, Dreamgirls) says. “So this film won’t claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgment. 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.”
Starring alongside Cumberbatch and Bruhl are Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, Alicia Vikander, Carice van Houten, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, and Dan Stevens.
Benedict Cumberbatch will be seen later this year in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, released in the US and the UK on May 17.