First image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange

From WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate

Benedict Cumberbatch displays an uncanny resemblance to (a slightly younger) Julian Assange in the first image released from the WikiLeaks movie, The Fifth Estate.

Popping up on Business Wire, the official still also features Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a web activist who was a spokesperson for WikiLeaks.

Previously known as The Man Who Sold The World, the film will look into how Assange’s organisation got hold of sensitive materials and secret files.

Bill Condon (no stranger to biopics with Gods And Monsters and Kinsey under his belt) will direct, returning to weightier territory after a brief diversion into the Twilight franchise with Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2.

Also in the cast are Alicia Vikander (nominated for the 2013 EE Bafta Rising Star Award), Carice van Houten (Black Book, Game Of Thrones) and Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame).

Check out the image in full below:

[Click on the image to see it in hi-res]

There’s currently no official release date for The Fifth Estate, but we’d expect it to arrive before the end of 2013.

Do you think Cumberbatch will be up for awards with this role? Tell us below…


    • Ali1748

      Jan 23rd 2013, 23:14

      Yeesh he looks really creepy there.

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    • notmenorme

      Jan 24th 2013, 12:53

      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: Avaaz org Julian Assange for Nobel prize "Freedom of the Press" and vote! PLEASE HELP PROMOTE THIS LINK.

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