At first glance, a film about a website doesn’t sound that interesting, but one thing we learned from The Social Network is that there is a whole lot of behind the scenes that is so very big movie worthy. And now there is a film being made about a website that includes political intrigue, government leaks, instant infamy, arrests, and trials – really, you can’t go wrong.
It was announced this week that the DreamWorks film The Fifth Estate has begun principal photography, the film’s subject is the notorious WikiLeaks. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, filling out the cast are Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten.
DreamWorks said of the film:
Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), “The Fifth Estate” traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The website’s overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large.
The Fifth Estate will open in the U.S. on November 15, 2013 and is being directed by Bill Condon (of Kinsey, Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn fame) and the film is based on the book, Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy by David Leigh and Luke Harding.
Director Bill Condon said of the topic, “It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it’s revolutionized the spread of information. So this film won’t claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgment. We want to explore the complexities and challenges of transparency in the information age and, we hope, enliven and enrich the conversations WikiLeaks has already provoked.”
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