The year of Benny Batch continues! DreamWorks announced today that principal photography has commenced on its heretofore untitled feature film about the creation of the controversial website WikiLeaks and its co-founder and international fugitive Julian Assange. Now titled The Fifth Estate, the film traces the meteoric rise of the site through the eyes of Assange colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg. He’s played by Inglourious Basterds‘ Daniel Brühl, who’s pictured above with Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange in the first official image from the film. Bleached white hair is eerily becoming on Mr. Cumberbatch, is it not?
Director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) and screenwriter Josh Singer (Fox’s Fringe, NBC’s The West Wing) have based the screenplay in part on Domscheit-Berg’s book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World’s Most Dangerous Website, as well as WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy by British journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding.
Cumberbatch and Brühl are joined by co-stars Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), David Thewlis (War Horse, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Peter Capaldi (In the Loop), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), and Carice van Houten (Valkyrie, Black Book).
Participant Media is also joining the project as a co-financier.
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