Dreamworks SKG has released a featurette for The Fifth Estate, the Julian Assange biography about the evolution of WikiLeaks from Internet start-up to one of this century’s most debated organizations. In this behind-the-scenes look, the film’s two primary characters Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg are analyzed, as well as the rift that grew between them after WikiLeaks began to change the world. Also, find out more how this film will approach the material, how it is not a documentary, and what the title actually means in an age when the internet rules supreme.
The Fifth Estate was directed by Bill Condon and also stars Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Peter Capaldi, Laura Linney, and David Thewlis. It opens in theatres on October 18th.
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 whistle-blowers 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?
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