The Fifth Estate premiered last night at the Toronto Film Festival and the buzz is already high on this film going the distance as an Oscar favorite... and we can see why even from the first The Fifth Estate trailer. Benedict Cumberbatch is WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the man who revolutionized how government secrets are revealed to the world, ensuring that classic adage from the X-Files is never more apt: The truth is out there.
Cumberbatch (recently seen in Star Trek Into Darkness) also chimes in on the project. He reveals how the story of Assange spoke to him and why the actor felt this was a story that needed to be told. The Fifth Estate also stars Daniel Bruhl (recognize him from the Rush trailer?) as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Assange’s colleague who tried, in vein it appears, to keep their online publication grounded.
Director Bill Condon (Chicago, Breaking Dawn movies) also reveals how the film got its title. As a political science and journalism appreciator, it is utterly fascinating… and spot-on! And frankly, after his work on the Twilight movies, it's nice to see the director get back to his Oscar-winning roots.
The Fifth Estate is revealed October 18.