This is the first image of Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek: Into Darkness, pictured with Daniel Brühl, above) as Assange, founder of WikiLeaks the controversial website that gained world-wide attention when they leaked U.S. military intelligence in connection to the Bradley Manning case. The film, The Fifth Estate, directed by Bill Condon is based on Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who is played by Inglorious Basterd's Daniel Brühl. This adaptation follows the story of the site’s war on secrecy and intent to provide the populace with knowledge that could result in societal global shifts.
“It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it’s revolutionized the spread of information. So this film won’t claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgment. We want to explore the complexities and challenges of transparency in the information age and, we hope, enliven and enrich the conversations WikiLeaks has already provoked.” said director Bill Condon.
The Fifth Estate will open in U.S. theaters on November 15, 2013, and is produced by Participant, a studio that creates pictures that aim to focus on real-life issues that affect lives. With films like An Inconvenient Truth and Good Night, and Good Luck under its belt, The Fifth Estate looks to follow suit, hoping to create a dialogue that shows how the media can spur action on an individual and community level.