WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch As Julian Assange In ‘The Fifth Estate’

Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange (and Daniel Bruhl) in 'The Fifth Estate'

Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl in ‘The Fifth Estate’

Well what a delightful week for Benedict Cumberbatch fans this is turning out to be! Yesterday we had the trailer for 12 Years A Slave, in which he makes a fleeting appearance. That’s your aperitif, and here’s the main course.

In The Fifth Estate, our busy Benedict plays one of the most controversial figures in the world, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. It’s the true story of a moral crusade to hold governments accountable for their actions, by creating public access to confidential intelligence documents.  Naturally, this is something governments tend to frown upon, for all sorts of reasons:

The Fifth Estate is released in October. By which time Benedict will have made a few more films, a TV series (about a detective, apparently), and possibly whittled a swan out of marble.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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