In a time where whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are still playing victim to the massive witch-hunt, Julian Assange has become a bit of an afterthought. But, the Wikileaks founder will find himself thrust back into the limelight with the release of The Fifth Estate.
The Fifth Estate is based on the books Inside WikiLeaks by former WikiLeaks spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy by journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding. The film follows the early years of the WikiLeaks craze and the group’s leaking of confidential information on the U.S. military’s involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Julian Assange has already spoken out against the film, claiming it’s a “massive propaganda attack” after reading a copy of the script. Director Bill Condon responded to these allegations in a recent interview with Vulture, claiming ”[Assange is] somebody who doesn’t really take well to presenting any other side. The important thing to know is that I think he’s going to be surprised when he sees the movie, because in no way is it an anti-WikiLeaks movie. It celebrates the idea of WikiLeaks and the tremendous potential of it.”
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Assange, leading an all-star cast that includes Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci and Anthony Mackie. The Fifth Estate is directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) and written by Josh Singer (The West Wing, Law and Order: SVU). The Fifth Estate is set to be released on Oct. 11.