Dreamworks has released the second poster for for director Bill Condon‘s The Fifth Estate. The dramatic thriller, based on real events, stars Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, plus Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney in a screenplay by Josh Singer based on the books “Inside WikiLeaks” and “WikiLeaks”.
Assange said in January the film was “a lie upon lie” and “a massive propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the character of my staff.”
Here’s the official 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 Brhl) 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 societyand what are the costs of exposing them?
The movie also stars Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten.
The Fifth Estate hits theaters on October 18th, 2013.