DreamWorks’ THE FIFTH ESTATE is a dramatic thriller based on real events (can you say WikiLeaks?) revealing the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. It follows Daniel Domscheit-Berg (played by Daniel Brühl (INGLOURIOUS BATERDS), an early supporter-turned-colleague of Assange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch (STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, WAR HORSE).
“Downtown Abbey” fans will be glad to see Dan Stevens back to work after Matthew Crawley’s heartbreaking death in last season’s finale. He left the wildly popular tv series to branch out and make movies, so here you have it.
The film, directed by Bill Condon (TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN and DREAMGIRLS) hits theaters on October 18, 2013.
***The Fifth Estate refers to citizen journalism. “Fifth Estate” is used to describe media outlets (including the blogosphere) that see themselves in opposition to mainstream media (the official press), any class or group in society other than the clergy (First Estate), the nobility (Second Estate), the commoners (Third Estate) and the press (Fourth Estate). It has been used to describe civil society, the poor or the proletariat.***
THE FIFTH ESTATE
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Dan Stevens, with Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney
Director: Bill Condon
Producers: Steve Golin, Michael Sugar
Executive Producers: Richard Sharkey, Paul Green, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King
Screenplay by: Josh Singer
Based on the books: “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and the Guardian book “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy” by David Leigh and Luke Harding
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 Brühl) 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 society—and what are the costs of exposing them?”
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