Filming has started on the WikiLeaks movie “The Fifth Estate,” and with it comes the first picture of Benedict Cumberbatch playing the site’s founder, Julian Assange.
Cumberbatch cuts a less suave figure as Assange than he does on “Sherlock,” but he gets the look of the guy down pretty good. That’s co-star Daniel Bruhl (“Inglourious Basterds”), who plays Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a supporter and later colleague of Assange’s, in the picture with Cumberbatch.
The cast for “The Fifth Estate” (previously known as “The Man Who Sold the World”) also includes Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten.
Bill Condon (“Twilight: Breaking Dawn,” “Dreamgirls”) is directing the movie, which follows the early days of WikiLeaks and its first headline-making release of privileged information. The description makes the film sound a little bit like “The Social Network,” swapping Cumberbatch for Jesse Eisenberg.
Josh Singer (“Fringe,” “The West Wing”) wrote the script for “The Fifth Estate,” which is due for release in November.
What do you think of Cumberbatch as Assange? Does “The Fifth Estate” sound like a movie you’ll want to see?