Trailer: Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Create ‘Wikileaks’ As Julian Assange

Movies & TV

/ July 18, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch is back again with another must-watch performance.

If you haven’t watched Sherlock or heard about this week’s contest, then you’re missing out on something VIBE readers already know. Smaug has skills.

This week a trailer popped up for the Star Trek Into Darkness villain’s new flick, The Fifth Estate. The movie tells the story of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and although the real-life version may not be able to see the movie here in the States, Cumberbatch is the perfect casting source.

The Brit actor, who’s shifted from Sherlock Holmes to play evildoer Genghis Khan already this year, is now stepping into the shoes of WikiLeaks founder. The movie follows the founding of the constantly criticized website and its rise to notoriety from the viewpoint of Assange’s colleague, Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Inglourious Basterds’s Daniel Brühl).

The script, written by Josh Singer (Lie to Me, Fringe), is based partly on Domscheit-Berg’s book, “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website,” as well as the title “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy.”

With everything changing over into real-time updates, is Assange a leader of a new generation like some have said, the trailer asks, or is he a traitor?

Get to diggin’ digiphiles, The Fifth Estate, directed by Bill Condon, arrives in theaters October 11.

Props: SlashFilm