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Explore WikiLeaks drama in Fifth Estate featurette

Dig deep into the WikiLeaks crisis with The Fifth Estate. In this behind-the-scenes featurette, the cast and crew reveal the untold story of Julian Assange.

The Fifth Estate Featurette

DreamWorks has released a new featurette promoting next month’s The Fifth Estate. The thriller is inspired by the real events circling editor, activist and publisher Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Together with Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), his website WikiLeaks unleashed thousands of confidential U.S. documents from the government.

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Some called Assange a hero, while others consider him a terrorist. By releasing top secret files, information was exposed to both the American public and their enemies. It’s a slippery slope that the film plans to explore. In the following video, director Bill Condon explains the story’s point of view.

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There have been countless documentaries about Assange’s rise and fall. Therefore, Condon wanted to avoid repeating the same narrative. Instead, The Fifth Estate isn’t treated as a direct adaptation of the events. It plays devil’s advocate for the audience. The film looks at Assange from a different angle.

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Cumberbatch had to adopt an Australian accent for the role, as well as a bleached wig. Assange is known for his his white hair. It’s become synonymous with his image.

The Fifth Estate has an all-star cast that includes Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, Dan Stevens, Anthony Mackie and David Thewlis. It’s a proper mix of American and U.K. actors and it gives the film a true, international feel.

Watch The Fifth Estate featurette below:

The Fifth Estate opens in theaters Oct. 18.

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