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Filming Begins on the Wikileaks Movie, The Fifth Estate

By January 22, 2013

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl in The Fifth Estate

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2 director Bill Condon is busy at work on his new project, The Fifth Estate, which DreamWorks just announced has begun principal photography. The dramatic film delves into the backstory of the Wikileaks website and its founder Julian Assange and is based on the books Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website (by Daniel Domscheit-Berg) and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy (by David Leigh and Luke Harding). Josh Singer (Fringe) wrote the screenplay.

Benedict Cumberbatch, soon to be seen playing the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness, is playing the key role of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Daniel Brühl co-stars as Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The Fifth Estate cast also includes Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten, according to DreamWorks' official announcement.

The official synopsis: "Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), The Fifth Estate traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The website's overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large."

Condon, who finished up the Twilight series with a flourish, leaves the world of sparkling fang-less vampires behind to focus on a completely different type of story. "It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it's revolutionized the spread of information," explained Condon. "So this film won't claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgment. We want to explore the complexities and challenges of transparency in the information age and, we hope, enliven and enrich the conversations WikiLeaks has already provoked."

DreamWorks has set a November 15, 2013 release date.

(Photographer: Frank Connor (c)DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC All Rights Reserved.)

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