See Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in 'Fifth Estate'
January 23rd, 2013
10:23 AM ET

See Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in 'Fifth Estate'

Benedict Cumberbatch is poised to have a very busy 2013, but we're already looking ahead to the eventual arrival of his portrayal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The "Sherlock" star portrays the headline-maker in an upcoming film called "The Fifth Estate," which started principal photography on Tuesday, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The above photo shows Cumberbatch as Assange and Daniel Brühl ("Inglourious Basterds") as Assange's cohort Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who also wrote the book "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website."

News of Brühl's casting spread last fall, with the rumor being that he was tapped to replace James McAvoy, who is busy working on "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

The movie's expected to follow the founding of WikiLeaks as well as its rise to fame from the perspective of Domscheit-Berg. According to EW, screenwriter Josh Singer ("The West Wing," "Lie to Me," "Fringe") based the "The Fifth Estate's" script in part on Domscheit-Berg's book as well as the tome "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy."

Bill Condon is directing the feature, which also reportedly stars Laura Linney and Anthony Mackie.

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  1. Rogeria

    everyone should dress up like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and surround the embassy. this way they do not know which one he is and he can just go to the other country that is willing to take him as a refugee

    February 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Read NIkki sweetie...


    January 31, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peter's

    for prayer...hahahaha

    January 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. notme norme

    Please help support freedom of the press and freedom of information by sponsoring Julian Assange for the Nobel prize for freedom of the press: Google: Julian Assange for Nobel prize "Freedom of the Press" and vote!

    January 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bruce john springstein and the mi boulevard orchestra

    watching means caring...ha!!!

    January 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Elaine

    Who cares?

    January 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. M.A.P. (Mothers against poo)

    I just wish people would take me and my mission more seriously. M.A.P. has been together for about 2 weeks now and I believe we ARE making a difference for young people everywhere!

    January 23, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |

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