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 has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 13 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Music.

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