Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
The Making Of The West Wing
Subscribe To Empire Today
Save money and get 12 issues for only £25
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
New Trailer For Michelle Williams' Suite Française
Love in a controlled climate
Ben Wheatley Taps Luke Evans For Free Fire
'It’s a modern ‘70s movie. Muscular, tough and spare'
Warners Finding Female Director For Wonder Woman
Movie studio seeks F. Must have GSOH (Good Sense Of Helming)
Seth Rogen And More Head For Zeroville
James Franco's latest novel adaptation
Todd Solondz Returning To The Dollhouse
Wiener-Dog will revisit old friends
Podcast #134: Steve Carell, David Ayer
Shipping out
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
YESTERDAY
New Hobbit Behind-The-Scenes Clip With Benedict Cumberbatch
Smaug steps into the light...
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
31 January 2015
Seventh Son
31 December 2014
Penguins Of Madagascar
05 December 2014
The Imitation Game
14 November 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Guest (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Zero Theorem (2014)
Empire Star Rating
August: Osage County (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

First Pic From The Fifth Estate
Benedict Cumberbatch Is Julian Assange

22 January 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Business Wire (Via Sherlockology)

submit to reddit

And the winner of the Lucius Malfoy (Hipster Variant) lookalike contest is…. Benedict Cumberbatch! Settle down, Batch-fans (Cumberbundles?*) We kid because we love. That there picture above is actually the first official image from the Julian Assange movie, which is now called The Fifth Estate.

The film, which was previously known as the Untitled WikiLeaks Movie or The Man Who Sold The World, has just started shooting, with director Bill Condon swapping vampires for controversial true-life figures.

Adapted by Josh Singer from David Leigh, Luke Harding and Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s books, Fifth Estate will track the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, when the site and Assange himself exploded into worldwide infamy thanks to some highly confidential – and classified – document leaks.

Domscheit-Berg (shown in the picture above as played by Daniel Bruhl), was an early supporter of Assange, and became one of his most trusted confidantes in the organisation. Before, that is, Assange began to believe his own legend.

"It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it's revolutionized the spread of information,” Condon says in a statement released by DreamWorks. “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."

Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten are also among the (hugely impressive) cast for the film, which DreamWorks and Disney will release in the US on November 15. There’s no UK date yet.

*We know that Cumberbatch fans often refer to themselves as "Cumberbitches" but we didn't want to be rude.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Arnie Talks Up The New Terminator
He may well be back...
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

Your Comments

The Cumberbatch fans are known as "Cumberbitches." More

Posted by crazyben66 at 18:48 on 23 January 2013 | Report This Post

The cast list is superb.Cumberbatch is always amazing so very confident about his performance. Its Condon the director that makes me twitchy. More

Posted by cazzybbb at 11:14 on 23 January 2013 | Report This Post

Location
The photo is taken in Reykjavik, where part of the movie takes place. The actors are standing at the square Austurvöllur, facing the Icelandic parliament. More

Posted by eggerto at 10:17 on 23 January 2013 | Report This Post

I hope they don't portray him as some kind of villain, especially after the sugar coated nonsense that was The Social Network More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 04:56 on 23 January 2013 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Empire Podcast: David Ayer Talks Fury
Plus Steve Carell talks Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Reaction
We dive under the hood of Whedon's sequel teaser

10 Of The Most Impressive In-Universe Movie Tie-In Websites
From Blair Witch to Days Of Future Past, expand your cinematic horizons online

The 12 Apps Every Film Fan Needs On Their Smartphone
The handheld essentials to enhance your movie life

Empire Meets Jason Bateman And Tina Fey
The stars of This Is Where I Leave You hang out

The Scariest Film Of The Year? Jennifer Kent On The Babadook
The director talks us through her terrifying new film

10 Horror Spin-Offs We Want To See
After Annabelle, what other supporting characters deserve their own film?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)