The film will be heading into cinemas next month on both sides of the Atlantic, and now a new featurette has landed online, going behind the scenes on what is sure to become one of the most talked-about movies in the coming months.
A dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.
Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?”
Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl are front and centre as Julian Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg, starring alongside Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Alicia Vikander, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Moritz Bleibtreu, Dan Stevens, and Carice van Houten.
Condon (Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) is at the helm, and he’s directing from a script penned by Josh Singer (The West Wing). Singer makes his feature debut as a writer, and he’s adapting the books, 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 Luke Harding and David Leigh.
The Fifth Estate is set to be released in the UK on 11th October, with its US release date following a week later on October 18th.