Official first look at the Bill Condon-directed drama.
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Principal photography has begun on the WikiLeaks drama ‘The Fifth Estate.’ The film about the controversial website stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, as well as Laura Linney (‘Hyde Park on Hudson’), Anthony Mackie (‘Pain & Gain’), David Thewlis (‘The Lady’), Peter Capaldi (‘In The Loop’), Dan Stevens (‘Downton Abbey’), Alicia Vikander (‘Anna Karenina’) and Carice van Houten (‘Game of Thrones’).
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.
Directing the drama is Bill Condon (‘Kinsey,’ ‘Dreamgirls,’ ‘Gods and Monsters’), with the screenplay coming from Josh Singer (‘Fringe,’ ‘The West Wing’) based on ‘Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website’ by Domscheit-Berg and ‘WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy’ by David Leigh and Luke Harding.