The Fifth Estate Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Just Julian Assange, Isn't He?

By Jamie Condliffe on at

DreamWorks has been working on its WikiLeaks film, The Fifth Estate, for a while now — and this trailer reveals that Benedict Cumberbatch plays a hugely convincing Julian Assange.

After reading a script for the film, Assange declared it a "mass propaganda attack against WikiLeaks the organisation, and the character of my staff". Not a huge fan, then. Indeed, WikiLeaks as an organisation had already been criticising the film since the trailer was released:

But hey, let's not be dragged down by Assange and his cronies. The trailer suggests the film — based on books by one-time WikiLeaker Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Guardian journalist Luke Harding — should at least prove entertaining. And Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be doing a great job at mimicking Assange. [YouTube via Verge]