The trailer for director Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate," Dreamworks Studios' fictionalised telling of the story of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, debuted Wednesday (July 17), ahead of the film's October 11 premiere.
The film, adapted from the 2011 book "Inside WikiLeaks" by Assange's friend Daniel Domscheit-Berg, follows the journey of Assange and his colleagues as the controversial website and its founder become their own media story and WikiLeaks' popularity sparks a conflict between the two Internet sleuths. The German-born Domscheit-Berg wrote the book after he became disillusioned and quit the organisation. Parts of the film are also adapted from a second book, "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy," by journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding.
Assange, who grew up in Australia, was also profiled in the 2012 Australian TV film "Underground."
Assange is played by "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch. Domscheit-Berg is played by Daniel Bruhl. The film also stars Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney.
The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June of 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning on allegations of sexual assault.
Presented by Adam Justice