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First trailer and new images from the WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate with Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl

07.17.2013

The Fifth Estate

With Edward Snowden dominating the news for the past couple of weeks, I suppose it's fitting that the first trailer for the WikiLeaks film THE FIFTH ESTATE has arrived, as well as three new images. The film focuses on the site's editor-in-chief and founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) as well as former website spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), and comes from director Bill Condon (KINSEY, DREAMGIRLS).

Julian Assange has his supporters and critics, and there are plenty of opinions on if Assanage (and others like him such as Snowden) should be treated as a hero or traitor. But looking at THE FIFTH ESTATE only as a movie and nothing more, it seems like it could be an intense little ride. Cumberbatch is probably the big draw, but the rest of the cast is pretty impressive too, including Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney. I've noticed some people commenting that it looks like an HBO movie, but really is that a bad thing? I've seen plenty of HBO films that look a million times better than some of the shit that gets tossed on to the big screen.

The Fifth Estate 1

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Synopsis:

Through the eyes of Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the film follows the heady, early days of Wikileaks to its abrupt end after a series of controversial and history changing info leaks. The website's overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects, but as their power expanded across the globe, Daniel grew increasingly disillusioned with Julian's questionable tactics and ethics. The rift between the two friends became irreparable and their ideological differences tore them apart, but not before they revolutionized, for better and worse, the flow of information to news media and the world at large.

THE FIFTH ESTATE leaks into theaters October 11th, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: How long do think it's going to be before we get an Edward Snowden movie?
Source: Disney

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5:36PM on 07/17/2013
It's not everyday you can get actors who seem to embody other living people so well.

As for the Snowden movie, there's still a lot we don't know about him, while Assange is a fairly eccentric and compelling character even without WikiLeaks.
It's not everyday you can get actors who seem to embody other living people so well.

As for the Snowden movie, there's still a lot we don't know about him, while Assange is a fairly eccentric and compelling character even without WikiLeaks.
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12:47PM on 07/17/2013

Wow. I'm almost speechless.

I didn't pay too much attention to the whole Wikileaks brouhaha, but I was interested in this film when it was announced. Julian Assange does seem like an interesting person to watch a movie about, you know?

And I have to say, that trailer blew me away. Benedict Cumberbatch is a god as Julian Assange. The inflections, the mannerisms... wow. The music in the trailer was great, too. The other actors and actresses seem super impressive as well. I hope this is a good sign for Anthony
I didn't pay too much attention to the whole Wikileaks brouhaha, but I was interested in this film when it was announced. Julian Assange does seem like an interesting person to watch a movie about, you know?

And I have to say, that trailer blew me away. Benedict Cumberbatch is a god as Julian Assange. The inflections, the mannerisms... wow. The music in the trailer was great, too. The other actors and actresses seem super impressive as well. I hope this is a good sign for Anthony Mackie to get back on track. He seems to be faltering a littler after The Hurt Locker. This looks like as good a movie as any to turn himself around.

The story looks interesting, the movie looks like it will have plenty of drama and suspense, and honestly it seems to be taking some cues from Argo in certain sections. Not a bad thing at all.

Looks amazing. Can't wait for this!
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12:35PM on 07/17/2013
Watch Benedict Cumberbatch become a star in 3...2....1. Go!
Watch Benedict Cumberbatch become a star in 3...2....1. Go!
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12:13PM on 07/17/2013
"Mr Spock, You can't even break a rule, how can you be expected to break code?"
"Mr Spock, You can't even break a rule, how can you be expected to break code?"
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11:44AM on 07/17/2013
I smell an Oscar nomination...
I smell an Oscar nomination...
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10:12AM on 07/17/2013

Even more pumped!

Did I just see both Alexander Siddig and David Thewlis in the trailer? That was a nice surprise! I'm definitely seeing this movie now; what a stellar cast!
Did I just see both Alexander Siddig and David Thewlis in the trailer? That was a nice surprise! I'm definitely seeing this movie now; what a stellar cast!
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10:11AM on 07/17/2013
Why mess up Assange's name and Snowden's name are there now editors there? Even use Wikipedia for christ sakes.
Why mess up Assange's name and Snowden's name are there now editors there? Even use Wikipedia for christ sakes.
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9:57AM on 07/17/2013
This looks good! From the news stories, the Wikileaks story sounded like it was made to be a movie. And I agree with you about HBO Films, their productions are as good, if not better than most movies that end up in theatres.
This looks good! From the news stories, the Wikileaks story sounded like it was made to be a movie. And I agree with you about HBO Films, their productions are as good, if not better than most movies that end up in theatres.
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