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Benedict Cumberbatch's WikiLeaks Movie Now Titled 'The Fifth Estate,' Will Hit Theaters On November 15th

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by Oliver Lyttelton
January 22, 2013 3:12 PM
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"The Fifth Estate."

We're still over a month away from the 2013 Oscars, but consider the 2014 season open, courtesy of DreamWorks. The company (who are leading the field with "Lincoln" this year) have been prepping their WikiLeaks movie, directed by "Gods and Monsters" and "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" helmer Bill Condon, for some time, but it was slightly unclear when it would be hitting theaters. But with filming now underway, they've put their cards on the table, revealing a title, an awards-season release date, and an impressive supporting cast.

The film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and "Rush" and "Inglourious Basterds" actor Daniel Bruhl as his Wikileaks co-founder Daniel Domscheit-Berg, is now titled "The Fifth Estate," and it has been set for a November 15th release date (opposite the sequel to "The Best Man," although jammed between "Thor: The Dark World" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in the weeks before and after) . And joining Cumberbatch, Bruhl, Laura Linney, "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens, "Anna Karenina" thesp Alicia Vikander, and "Black Book" actress Carice Van Houten are Anthony Mackie ("The Hurt Locker"), David Thewlis ("Harry Potter"), and Peter Capaldi ("In The Loop").

While we have mixed feelings about Condon's work, that's an almighty cast, and being based on the books "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World's Most Dangerous Website" (by Domscheit-Berg) and "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War On Secrecy" (by David Leigh and Luke Harding) it has the potential to be a fascinating look at the controversial organization. And a script from Josh Singer ("The West Wing") only reinforces that this is clearly going for a "Social Network" kind of vibe. Will we see Cumberbatch & co. lauded come awards season next year? You can find out when "The Fifth Estate" hits theaters on November 15th. [Screen Daily/ONTD]

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5 Comments

  • Mindy | January 22, 2013 6:19 PMReply

    Its domestic release set for Nov. 15, then maybe we can expect a world premiere at NYFF? It seems the year 2013 would turn out to be a rather amazing year for Cumberbatch; as if a main villain in a summer blockbuster, the titular dragon in the second Hobbit film, and supporting roles in two Oscar-baits (the one in August: Osage County is sort of a small but key character) are not impressive enough, now this one is also coming out in the awards season. Hopefully the cast and crew can pull it off; I wouldn't mind this year genuinely becomes the year of Cumberbatch.

  • Edward | January 22, 2013 4:26 PMReply

    LOL at Cumberbatch.

  • Olly | January 22, 2013 4:15 PMReply

    Condon leaves me nervous. Also why change the film title to a more boring uncatchy title. Cumberbatch is always incredible so I have no concerns about his performance.

  • A | January 23, 2013 4:04 AM

    I actually like the title more especially if you know ehat the fifth estate really is. Here's to hoping Condon brings his A-game here like in Gods and Monsters.

  • A | January 22, 2013 3:27 PMReply

    Hey playlist, why don't you post the first official still? Tumblr went nuts about how Cumby looked.

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