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Journalist or traitor? Whistleblower or security threat? You might think we're talking about Edward Snowden, but before him was Julian Assange, who may not have been the first activist to shake up governments around the world, but certainly the one with the biggest influence in our times. And now his tale is getting told (whether he likes it or not). Based on the books "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World's Most Dangerous Website" (by former Assange ally Daniel Domscheit-Berg) and "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War On Secrecy" (by David Leigh and Luke Harding), the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the platinum haired hacker icon and Daniel Bruhl as his pal and Wikileaks co-found Daniel, in the film that will track the rise of the watchdog organization and it's increasing influence and power. Here's the official synopsis: Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
You should get used to hearing his name this year. He is the main villain in Star Trek Into Darkness, and has a two roles in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy as the voice of the dragon Smaug and the Necromancer. (It should also be noted that Martin Freeman, who is Bilbo, also plays Watson in Sherlock.)
- Philip Sticco
From Sherlock to cunning sci-fi villain to co-founder of Wikileaks.
DreamWorks has announced that principal photography has begun on its previously untitled feature film about the creation of WikiLeaks and the man behind it , Julian Assange. Now titled The Fifth Estate, the film traces the meteoric rise of the site through the eyes of Assange and colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, played by Daniel Brühl, the German sniper from Inglourious Basterds, who’s pictured above with Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange in the first official image from the film.
The screenplay is based 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.
This transformation is incredible, and talk about great casting! »
- Lucas Lowman
Pictured is the first glimpse from the set of the upcoming film about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, The Fifth Estate. Directed by Bill Condon (he of the final two instalments of the Twilight franchise), it is based on two 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 David Leigh and Luke Harding. »
Production has started on The Fifth Estate WikiLeaks movie and Disney's sent along a first look image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Participant Media has boarded the project which opens in theaters on November 15th, 2013. Also in the very-talented cast are Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten. Touchstone Pictures will distribute the film on N. American soil. 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. Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and 2) directs the »
The film based on the controversial rise of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange began principle photography yesterday in London. The Fifth Estate will chart the early beginnings of the whistle-blowing website and is based on the fact-based novels Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, an early supporter and eventual colleague of Assange as well as WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, by Luke Harding and David Leigh.
Domscheit-Berg will be played by Inglorious Basterds’ Daniel Bruhl with British thespian Benedict Cumberbatch as the infamous online Australian activist. Here we have the first official still of the divisive figures.
The Fifth Estate will co-star Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, Alicia Vikander, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Carice van Houten, and is directed by Bill Condon. The official press release below gives all the details.
Los Angeles, CA (January 22, 2013) – Principal »
- Craig Hunter
As The Fifth Estate, the hotly anticipated WikiLeaks movie - partly based on the book by Guardian writers David Leigh and Luke Harding – goes into production, the first image of Cumberbatch in the lead role of Julian Assange has emerged
There are at least three films in the works about the life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but only one has already entered production with Hollywood's current hottest Brit Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead.
The Fifth Estate, from a script by The West Wing's Josh Singer and with Dreamgirls/Twilight director Bill Condon on board, has begun principal photography this week at an undisclosed location. Cumberbatch stars as Assange, and the first picture of the Sherlock star with dyed white-blond hair (alongside Goodbye, Lenin!'s Daniel Brühl as the activist's confidant Daniel Domscheit-Berg) has been released to coincide.
If you're wondering why the screen version of the WikiLeaks founder »
- Ben Child
Julian Assange has become one of the most-recognised names in current affairs in recent years, and we all knew it wouldn’t be long before the events of his life would get the big-screen treatment. Now DreamWorks have put into production The Fifth Estate, the anticipated drama focusing on WikiLeaks which has been quickly developing in recent months.
And it seems fitting that Benedict Cumberbatch should be the one to take the role of Assange. He himself has become one of the most recognisable names in the industry in recent years, with an impressive flexibility at playing on both sides of the law, which I think will definitely be to his (and ultimately our) advantage here.
The studio officially announced yesterday that principal photography has begun, and EW have our first official image of Cumberbatch alongside co-star Daniel Brühl.
“Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of »
- Kenji Lloyd
Dreamworks sent out the above first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds) as Daniel Domscheit-Berg in The Fifth Estate along with word the drama will be hitting theaters on November 15, 2013. The film is directed by Bill Condon, getting back on track after directing the Twilight: Breaking Dawn films as the story follows Domscheit-Berg, an early supporter and eventual colleague of Assange. Scripted by Josh Singer ("Fringe," "The West Wing") and 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 story 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 »
- Brad Brevet
Not to mention DreamWorks have just announced that dramatic film has begun principal photography.
Furthermore, Benedict Cumberbatch as international fugitive Julian Assange is pictured above with his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, played by Inglourious Basterds’ Daniel Bruhl in the first official image from the film.
British star Cumberbatch and Spanish-born German thesp Bruhl are joined by co-stars Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), David Thewlis (War Horse), Peter Capaldi (In the Loop), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), and Carice van Houten (Black Book).
DreamWorks reveals it
traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks… We want to explore the complexities and challenges of transparency in the information age and, »
- Nick Martin
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.
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 »
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?
- Adam B. Vary
Dutch actress Van Houten plays Birgitta Jonsdottir who has been an activist and a spokesperson for various groups, such as Wikileaks. Besides, a former WikiLeaks volunteer Jonsdottir is a real-life member of the Althing, the Icelandic parliament.
The upcoming film, scribed by Josh Singer, stars Cumberbatch as Assange who launched the whistleblowing site in 2006 and began antagonizing world governments by leaking embarrassing diplomatic cables and other state secrets; Bruhl plays his now-estranged right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and Vikander appears as Domscheit-Berg’s co-worked and girlfriend.
Domscheit-Berg’s book ‘Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website’ will serve as the basis »
- Nick Martin
Quite a few high profile films are starting to pick up momentum during these slow winter months and one of those projects is Bill Condon’s currently untitled Wikileaks movie. Already set to star Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, Daniel Bruhl as his former right hand man, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and Alicia Vikander as Domscheit-Berg’s girlfriend, DreamWorks is assembling a pretty appealing cast for their film.
Today, we have another casting addition to report on as Game of Thrones‘ Carice Van Houten has signed on as Birgitta Jonsdottir, “an Icelandic journalist who became spokesman for the website, and has gone on to be a MP in her home country.” For those who don’t recognize Van Houten’s name, she plays the sorceress Melisandre in HBO’s hit show and she also had roles in Hollywood productions like Valkyrie and Repo Men. Of course, she also starred in Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book, »
- Matt Joseph
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