I’ve always sort of pictured Benedict Cumberbatch as the most British man alive, but playing Wikileaks’ Julian Assange in this trailer for The Fifth Estate, the ol’ chimney sweep proves himself more than capable of pulling off an Australian accent, unlike, say, anyone in Pacific Rim. Assange, the Edgar Winters of journalism, is obviously a divisive figure, and in The Fifth Estate, director Bill Condon, fresh off filming abstinence-induced feats of strength and the agony of heartburn face in the last two Twilight movies, directs an adaptation of the books 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), written for the screen by Fringe writer Josh Singer. Think of it as the narrative fiction counterpart to We Steal Secrets.
Regardless, hopefully Bill Condon hasn’t gotten too used to shooting Twilight movies. If the Julian Assange character and some girl just stand there staring at each other with stupid f*cking looks on their faces for ten minutes, we’ll know.