The Fifth Estate

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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... read more
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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?

Original Release

10/11/2013

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Cast

Benedict Cumberbatch Julian Assange
Daniel Bruhl Daniel Berg
Laura Linney Sarah Shaw
Anthony Mackie Sam Coulson
David Thewlis Nick Davies
Peter Capaldi Alan Rusbridger
Dan Stevens Ian Katz
Alicia Vikander Anke Domscheit
Carice Van Houten Birgitta Jónsdóttir
Jamie Blackley Ziggy
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Bill Condon

Writers

Daniel Domscheit-Berg, David Leigh, Josh Singer, Luke Harding

Cast

Benedict Cumberbatch Julian Assange
Daniel Bruhl Daniel Berg
Laura Linney Sarah Shaw
Anthony Mackie Sam Coulson
David Thewlis Nick Davies
Peter Capaldi Alan Rusbridger
Dan Stevens Ian Katz
Alicia Vikander Anke Domscheit
Carice Van Houten Birgitta Jónsdóttir
Jamie Blackley Ziggy
Stanley Tucci James Boswell
Moritz Bleibtreu Marcus
Alexander Beyer Marcel Rosenbach
Anatole Taubman Holger Stark
Michael Culkin Ralph Zilke
Alexander Siddig Dr. Tarek Haliseh
Michael Kranz Otto
Axel Milberg Hans
Philip Bretherton Bill Keller
Joe Kinyua John Paul Oulu

Producers

Richard Sharkey Executive Producer
Paul Green Executive Producer
Jonathan King Executive Producer
Jim Shamoon Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Steve Golin Producer
Michael Sugar Producer
Jeff Skoll Producer
Leifur B. Dagfinnsson Producer
Hilde De Laere Producer
Jack Morrissey Producer
Mathias Schwerbrock Producer
Emmeline Yang Producer
Greg Yolen Producer
Mario Zvan Producer

Editors

Virginia Katz

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