Rebounding from his time directing the final two 'Twilight' movies, Bill Condon is back in Oscar mode with his latest movie 'The Fifth Estate.' With it's "ripped from the headlines" approach it purports to dramatize the news revealed by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), and now there's a trailer.
The trailer definitely suggests that Cumberbatch's portrayal of Assange is meant to be open to interpretation, as the film walks the fine line between calling him hero or traitor. Perhaps that portrayal will lead to the rising star's first Oscar nomination. The film is scheduled to come out October 18, which puts it in the awards season, though it's hard to know if an early launch helps or hurts. Sometimes a film can come out and be well received, yet forgotten by December. That said, coming out in October didn't hurt last year's 'Argo,' that's for sure.
Here's the film's synopsis:
Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?"
A dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.