DreamWorks Studios just announced that they have begun principal photography on the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate – now this is going to be an interesting piece of dramatic film!
The WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate will star Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, as well as feature a cast including Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten.
Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), the Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks.
As many may recall – it was all over the news for weeks! – the website’s overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large.
Joining DreamWorks as a co-financier on The Fifth Estate is Participant Media, and The Fifth Estate will be the fifth collaboration between the two companies. A few of their previous partnerships were: Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, the 2011 Academy Award-winning smash The Help, The Kite Runner and The Soloist. It is obvious that this partnership results in amazing films!
With a focus on real issues that shape our lives, Participant creates social action and advocacy programs to transform the impact of the media experience into individual and community action. Some of their other films include An Inconvenient Truth, Good Night, and Good Luck, Food, Inc., Charlie Wilson’s War, Waiting for Superman, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the current Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, No.
About the production of WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate –
Bill Condon (“Kinsey,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct “The Fifth Estate” from a screenplay by Josh Singer (TV’s “Fringe,” “The West Wing”), based on “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy” by David Leigh and Luke Harding.
The producers are Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, with Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King joining Richard Sharkey as executive producers. “The Fifth Estate” is a coproduction between Afterworks and FBO, with Hilde De Laere co-producing for FBO. The film is supported by the Belgian Tax Shelter for Audiovisual Production.
Why is this film so important?
Said director Bill Condon, “It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it’s revolutionized the spread of information. So this film won’t claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgment. We want to explore the complexities and challenges of transparency in the information age and, we hope, enliven and enrich the conversations WikiLeaks has already provoked.”
The Fifth Estate will open in theaters in the U.S. on November 15, 2013!
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