The Fifth Estate Movie

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A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.

Who's Involved:

Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Laura Linney, Kira Goldberg, Stanley Tucci, Holly Bario, Alicia Vikander, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dan Stevens, Bill Condon, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten, Josh Singer, Michael Sugar, Peter Capaldi

Release Date:

Friday, October 18, 2013 (Nationwide)

Rating: R

Runtime: N/A

Plot: What's the story about?

Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), The Fifth Estate traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The website’s overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large.

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Crew: Who's making The Fifth Estate

A look at the The Fifth Estate behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Bill Condon last directed The Good Liar and Beauty and the Beast. The film's writer Josh Singer last wrote First Man and The Post.


Bill Condon


Josh Singer


Holly Bario
Kira Goldberg
Michael Sugar

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Key Facts

  1. Said director Bill Condon, "It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it's revolutionized the spread of information. So this film won't claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgment. We want to explore the complexities and challenges of transparency in the information age and, we hope, enliven and enrich the conversations WikiLeaks has already provoked."
  2. Distribution internationally will be split among Disney, DreamWorks partner Reliance, and deals made through the studio's partnership with Mister Smith Entertainment.
  3. "Downton Abbey" actor Dan Stevens will play a hacker friend of Daniel Bruhl's character who comes to work for the website.
  4. Based on "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.

Filming Timeline

On or about August 22, 2013, the film was in Completed status.

On or about May 21, 2013, the film was in Post-Production status.

On or about January 24, 2013, the film was in Production status.

Principal photography has begun. The film will open in theaters on November 15, 2013.

On or about December 23, 2012, the film was in Pre-Production status.

Lensing to start in 2013.

On or about October 2, 2012, the film was in Development status.

On or about October 2, 2012, the film was in Announced status.

The Fifth Estate Release Date: When was it released?

The Fifth Estate was released in 2013 on Friday, October 18, 2013 (Nationwide release). There were 14 other movies released on the same date, including Escape Plan, Carrie and Broadway Idiot.

When will the movie be on Blu-ray & DVD?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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