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Benedict Cumberbatch is Julian Assange

Benedict Cumberbatch is Julian Assange
July 17, 2013 JEREMY FEIST
The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate

I’m gonna level with you here: I have some sort of weird sinus f**kery going on right now that kept me up all night. My nose and throat are still on fire and I feel gross and painful, so I’ll probably be pretty woozy for the rest of the day. Anyway, here’s the trailer for The Fifth Estate (in theaters October 18th), where Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange. I think it looks really good, but then again, it’s entirely possible all of this might be a fever dream. What do you think, Ambien Walrus?

Ambien Walrus: TRAP A BEE IN A JAR THEN BEG THE BEE FOR FORGIVENESS.

Yeah, I’m messed up right now. Gawd damn sinuses …

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?”