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Much like the Edward Snowden short film, it was only a matter of time before someone took the story of Wikileaks and Julian Assange and turned it into a film.

Enter The Fifth Estate trailer:

The Fifth Estate Trailer

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the Australian Julian Assange while Daniel Bruhl takes on the role of Assange’s first partner and friend, Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

While the trailer seems to fall victim to somewhat unclear timeline issues, something that plagued the recent Wikileaks documentary, We Tell Secrets, with Bill Condon behind the camera, the concerns should be few.


The man behind such great films like Kinsey and even the Breaking Dawn movies, there’s little doubt The Fifth Estate will be on par with other movies released this fall.

Perhaps the most interesting thing to watch going forward however, will be the circus that still surrounds Assange and the Wikileaks organization.

Holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy after having rape charges brought against him, Assange has spoken out saying The Fifth Element is a propaganda attack against both Wikileaks and himself. 

The Fifth Estate opens on October 11th.