The Fifth Estate is the story of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl). They team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful.
The First Estate: Clergy/Government
The Second Estate: Nobility/Wealthy Elite
The Third Estate: Commoners/Workers
The Fourth Estate: Press/Media
The Fifth Estate: Those who aim to keep the other estates in check, recently defined as whistleblowers, watchdogs, citizen journalists … and WikiLeaks
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In 2010, a website dedicated to protecting whistleblowers released an avalanche of classified US documents that triggered a new age of high-stakes secrecy and explosive news leaks. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, DreamWorks Pictures’ The Fifth Estate reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned this 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 an online 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. But when Assange and Domscheit-Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in US history, they find themselves at odds as they struggle with 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?
The Fifth Estate is presented by DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment in association with Participant Media and is produced by Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, with Bill Condon (“Kinsey,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Parts 1 and 2”) directing.
The executive producers are Richard Sharkey, Paul Green, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King. The screenplay is by Josh Singer (Fringe, The West Wing), based on the book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and the Guardian book WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy by David Leigh and Luke Harding.
The Fifth Estate also stars Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Dan Stevens, with Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney.