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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Guy Who Played Khan Also Plays Julian Assange in the New WikiLeaks Movie

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM


In a scene from one of 2013's most action-packed feature films, a man speaks with urgency from a plastic cell.

"I am a remnant of the time long past...engineered to lead others to peace in a world at war," he says. "But we were condemned as criminals, forced into exile."

The speaker could be a recently unfrozen super-villain from outer space. Or he could be the frozen-faced founder of one of the most controversial anti-corruption efforts in Internet history.

Or maybe he's both.

This October, Benedict Cumberbatch, aka the guy who played Khan in the most recent Star Trek movie, will be heading up another explosive film -- although this one hits a little closer to home. Titled The Fifth Estate, the film tracks the rise and fall of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch) and Daniel Domscheit-Berg (German soap star Daniel Brühl, of Inglourious Basterds) as the pair blow the top off of government secrecy with WikiLeaks, that game-changing Internet whistleblower.

According to Entertainment Weekly, director Bill Condon received no government pressure to present the film with a political varnish. In fact, he said, the film aims an unbiased presentation of Assange:

"The movie presents him neither as hero or villain. We just try to present who he is and let you make up your mind," Condon says. "I think, in fact, he's neither."

But what a presentation it will be, if the trailer is any indication.

"The Fifth Estate" will be released in U.S. theaters on Oct. 18. Check its Facebook or Twitter for more details.

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