Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in new trailer
Dreamworks has released the first trailer for the upcoming conspiracy-drama ‘Fifth Estate,’ which has the former ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ star as the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.
The highly anticipated film is the work of director Bill Condon, the project also stars Daniel Bruhl, who plays the former WikiLeaks spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The film tells the story of the real-events that led to the founding of Wikileaks, promising to expose the “deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization,” according to the film’s official description.
Exposing secrets is the core of the film, and it touches on the exact “deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.”
The tale begins when WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who combine forces to create the platform that is now at the very center of debate in our country. For those of you that are a little green to the topic, Wikileaks was designed so that users can anonymously leak “covert data” in order to expose government secrets, something that is still a hot-topic in our news today.
The plot picks up 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?” according to the film’s team.
As for Assange himself, he released a statement last January telling the press the film was “a lie upon lie” and “a massive propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the character of my staff.” You will get the chance to see the film when it hits theaters October 18, 2013.