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Benedict Cumberbatch’s WikiLeaks project now has a title, a release date and a new financier. The Fifth Estate is set to hit theaters in November and will be co-produced by Participant Media with DreamWorks.
The Star Trek Into Darkness actor was cast in the film last year and the production is likely one of the reasons that Sherlock production is delayed. He will star as Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, which has become known around the world for leaking secret government documents. Daniel Bruhl co-stars as Daniel Domscheit-Berg.
Deadline first reported that Participant Media joined the production. Participant previously worked with DreamWorks on Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Steve Golin and Michael Sugar are the producers.
The film is partly based on Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website, Domscheit-Berg’s book. The other book Josh Singer based his script on is David Leigh and Luke Harding’s WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War On Secrecy, reports Indiewire.
The Fifth Estate is being directed by Twilight: Breaking Dawn’s Bill Condon. The star-studded cast also includes Laura Linney, Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker).
The film will hit theaters on November 15. Production just got underway today.