Benedict Cumberbatch is stepping into the shoes of WikiLeak mastermind Julian Assange for the upcoming The Fifth Estate. Based off the books Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, the film follows Julian as WikiLeaks becomes the “underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful.”
Director Bill Condon’s plan to make a political film in Hollywood definitely wasn’t an easy task, saying, “It’s not an easy thing to do – certainly within the studio system. So it was thrilling that this one was happening. This is a movie that includes complicated issues. There are such good arguments on all sides of this. Having the chance to explore it for a year seemed really exciting.”
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One person who doesn’t seem to think the film shows all sides is Julian himself, telling The Guardian that the film is “a massive propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the character of my staff.”
The star of film, Benedict, tells Rolling Stone that that’s not the case. “A lot of the film will address WikiLeaks, which achieved an extraordinary revolution in modern media, the transparency of information. And that’s not a bad thing: we need to look at how these structures and the hypocrisies evolved.”
He continued, “They tell us what to do, they take our tax money and do with it what they please, and then behave immorally. The good work that was done by that organization is celebrated as much as examined in the film.”
Guess we’ll have to wait and see when The Fifth Estate hits theaters on October 18th, just in time for Oscar season!
Will you be checking out the film?