There are at least three movies in the pipeline about the notorious organization Wikileaks and its leader Julian Assange. There’s “We Steal Secrets,” the documentary from prolific filmmaker Alex Gibney, as well as an Assange-authorized doc from Laura Poitras, the filmmaker who helped bring the world NSA leaker Edward Snowden. And that’s to say nothing of the numerous Assange-like characters certain to show up in thrillers for the next 10-15 years.
But before any of those there’s the Hollywood feature version, called “The Fifth Estate,” directed by Bill Condon of “Dreamgirls,” “Gods and Monsters” and “Twilight” fame and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange. Here’s the first trailer, which debuted Wednesday:
The film is based on “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World’s Most Dangerous Website,” a memoir written by a former sidekick who has broken with Assange, so expect it to be somewhat critical. Other cast members include Daniel Bruhl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg- the author of the book- Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, “In the Loop” legend Peter Capaldi and Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens.
“The Fifth Estate” comes out in October; I’m still wondering why Neil Patrick Harris, a dead ringer for Assange, wasn’t cast in the part.