'The Fifth Estate' Photo with Bendict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Principal photography is under way on DreamWorks' WikiLeaks drama, set for release on November 15, 2013.
DreamWorks Pictures has released the first photo from their WikiLeaks drama now entitled The Fifth Estate, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The studio has also announced that production is currently under way, with a November 15, 2013 release date already set. Take a look at the photo, then read the official press release for more details.

The Fifth Estate Photo

Principal photography has begun on the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, it was announced today by DreamWorks Studios. The film about the controversial website stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, as well as Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten.

The Fifth Estate will open in U.S. theaters on November 15, 2013 and be distributed domestically by Disney's Touchstone label. Distribution internationally will be split among Disney, DreamWorks partner Reliance, and deals made through the studio's partnership with Mister Smith Entertainment.

Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), The Fifth Estate traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The website's overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large.

Joining DreamWorks as a co-financier on The Fifth Estate is Participant Media. This will be the fifth collaboration between the two companies who previously partnered on Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, the 2011 Academy Award-winning smash The Help, The Kite Runner, and The Soloist. With a focus on real issues that shape our lives, Participant creates social action and advocacy programs to transform the impact of the media experience into individual and community action. Some of their other films include An Inconvenient Truth, Good Night, And Good Luck., Food, Inc., Charlie Wilson's War, Waiting for Superman, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the current Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, No.

Bill Condon (Kinsey, Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) will direct The Fifth Estate from a screenplay by Josh Singer (TV's Fringe, Fringe), based on "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website" by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy" by David Leigh and Luke Harding. The producers are Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, with Participant's Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King joining Richard Sharkey as executive producers. The Fifth Estate is a coproduction between Afterworks and FBO, with Hilde De Laere co-producing for FBO. The film is supported by the Belgian Tax Shelter for Audiovisual Production.

Here's what director Bill Condon had to say about this story.

"It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it's revolutionized the spread of information. 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."

The Fifth Estate was released October 18th, 2013 and stars Peter Capaldi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stanley Tucci, Carice van Houten, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Dan Stevens. The film is directed by Bill Condon.



Sources: DreamWorks Pictures

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Comments (4)

  1. AYLAGA5

    damn benedict actually looks like the wikileak guy.....

    1 year agoby @aylagas55Flag

  2. Josh

    Cool. This looks like an interesting project on its own, but with the Batch starring? Count me in.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  3. Replicant

    Kinda looks nothing like him, but ok.

    1 year agoby @felipe-11Flag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Just google the name...he's a dead ringer!

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag