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The Fifth Estate Trailer: Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks movie is coming soon.

Julian Assange

The trailer for The Fifth Estate, the WikiLeaks movie from Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Parts 1 AND 2), debuted last night, along with a few select interviews from Condon. As Billy Boy explains, beleaguered WikiLeaks head honcho Julian Assange — played here by a platinum-ed out Benedict Cumberbatch, doing a nifty little Australian mumble thing — “sort of was against us right from the beginning.” That’s because the movie is based in part on Inside WikiLeaks, a book by ex-WikiLeaks spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg, with whom Assange had a falling-out.

In fact, in the grand tradition of ‘Uardo and Zuck, the relationship between Domscheit-Berg (played by Inglourious Basterds’s Daniel Bruhl) and Assange makes up a large part of the trailer’s proceedings. (When Bruhl juts out a finger and yells, “It’s just you, and your ego, and the lies you tell to get whatever you want,” I can’t be the only one flashing back to “Sorry! My Prada’s at the cleaners. Along with my hoodie and my ‘fuck you’ flip-flops.”) But I got a feeling that, by the time this thing drops, Assange will have come around. Whether it’s with a flip of his golden locks or an emphatic punch on a laptop keyboard, Cumberbatch seems to be playing Assange as exactly the kind of world-changing truth-telling hero that, for better or for worse, he sees himself as. The Fifth Estate is out in October.