Benedict Cumberbatch Stars in “The Fifth Estate” Opens October, 2013

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game.  Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.  The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful.  On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes.  Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined.  But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: “what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?”  Continue reading for more images and trailers from DreamWorks Pictures press release, THE FIFTH ESTATE opens in the U.S. on October 18, 2013.

Update September 6, 2013

As THE FIFTH ESTATE celebrates its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Benedict Cumberbatch discusses the making of the film in this behind-the-scenes featurette.

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Daniel Brühl (left) and Benedict Cumberbatch star as Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Julian Assange, respectively. Photo by Frank Connor ©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Daniel Brühl (left) and Benedict Cumberbatch star as Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Julian Assange, respectively. Photo by Frank Connor ©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Update August 20, 2013

New poster released for THE FIFTH ESTATE.

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The Fifth Estate refers to citizen journalism.  “Fifth Estate” is used to describe media outlets (including the blogosphere) that see themselves in opposition to mainstream media (the official press), any class or group in society other than the clergy (First Estate), the nobility (Second Estate), the commoners (Third Estate) and the press (Fourth Estate).  It has been used to describe civil society, the poor or the proletariat.

Original post from July 17, follows below…

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Benedict Cumberbatch (right) portrays Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl (left) portrays Daniel Domscheit-Berg in the DreamWorks Pictures’ drama “The Fifth Estate.” Photo by Frank Connor ©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Benedict Cumberbatch will star as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in DreamWorks Pictures “The Fifth Estate.”  Cumberbatch is the English actor who stars as Sherlock Holmes in the popular BBC series “Sherlock,” and portrayed the villain in this summer’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” – the anticipated sequel to J.J. Abrams’s theatrical reboot of “Star Trek” (2009).

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Benedict Cumberbatch (left) portrays Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl portrays Daniel Domscheit-Berg in the DreamWorks Pictures’ drama “The Fifth Estate.” Photo by Frank Connor ©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC.  All Rights Reserved.

 

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.

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Left to right: Benedict Cumberbatch (Julian Assange), Carice van Houten (Birgitta J—nsd—ttir), Daniel Brühl (Daniel Domscheit-Berg) and Moritz Bleibtreu (Marcus). Photo by Frank Connor ©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Laura Linney (left) and Stanley Tucci star as Sarah Shaw and James Boswell. Photo by Frank Connor ©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 

Said director Bill Condon, “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.”

The film is scheduled to open on October 18, 2013.  For more family movie news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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