‘The Fifth Estate’ Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch Crashes the System as Julian Assange

By  · Published on July 17th, 2013

Why wasn’t the trailer for The Fifth Estate leaked? Seems like DreamWorks missed a great opportunity there, but they definitely didn’t miss the opportunity to capitalize on a world-altering event with a really bad haircut.

With Bill Condon at the helm, Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Julian Assange in a story that focuses on his relationship with early supporter Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and the rise of Wikileaks as a thorn in the side of governments everywhere.

The trailer feels a lot like The Social Network, and there’s a lot of prestige opportunity here, but at the very least it’ll make a great double feature with We Steal Secrets. Check out the trailer for yourself:

Solid footing. Plus a million points to Cumberbatch for rocking an authentic Aussie accent.

It’s important to point out that while Condon has already earned an Oscar, the script comes from first-time feature writer Josh Singer (adapting from the book “Inside Wikileaks” from Domscheit-Berg) who cut his teeth on The West Wing and was most recently a producer on Fringe. It’s an interesting partnership, and the cast is the real deal.

The Fifth Estate is in theaters October 11th.

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