Trailer for The Fifth Estate Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange

Posted on July 17, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate

Here is the trailer for DreamWorks The Fifth Estate, a drama based on the true story of Julian Assange and the rise of Wikileaks. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Assange. The film is directed by Bill Condon. Wikileaks has condemned the film, saying it is anti-WikiLeaks and inaccurate. But Condon says that they tried to tell the true story of what happened, in all its complexity.

Condon confirmed to Yahoo in an interview that Assange would not meet Benedict directly, although he did carry on a lengthy email correspondence with him: "Ultimately the most direct communication we had was through Benedict, who was in touch with [Assange] by e-mail. [Assange] refused to see him, sadly, but there was a conversation that started there and went on for most of while we were shooting the movie, and then I think has continued."

Condon explained that the movie shows all sides of the issue but, "I think it's mostly a celebration of the incredible, sort of noble ideas behind it, and the idealism that it reflected, especially in its early days."

Benedict is amazing as Assange. He really sounds like him -- and that hair. It's pretty amazing, too. Take a look:

Photo: DreamWorks Pictures

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