Buena Vista has released the first trailer for director Bill Condon’s thriller The Fifth Estate. The film is set during the early days of the news-leaking website WikiLeaks and centers around the relationship between founder/editor-in-chief Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and former spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl). There are plenty of ranging opinions on Assange, and it will be interesting to see how the film handles such a polarizing character, hero or traitor.
It’s interesting to see a film’s plot get taken straight from the headlines and turned into a movie/potential Oscar contender, David Fincher’s The Social Network being the only other example I can think of in recent years. I’ve seen Lifetime churn out movies of the week, but not films with this much Oscar pedigree attached. I wonder how much of this is Bill Condon attempting to get the stink of the Twilight franchise off the top of his IMDB page.
The supporting cast includes Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander, and Carice van Houten.
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.