Another Benedict Cumberbatch movie? Wow. The #FifthEstate is coming . . .

Fifth EstateMy teenage sci-fi crazed daughter LOVES Benedict Cumberbatch who is now starring in yet another new release, The Fifth Estate. To say she is a fan of the actor is an understatement. Oh, and don’t get me started when she saw that Peter Capaldi, the actor tapped to take over the longstanding popular role of Dr. Who, was also in this new movie.

My daughter’s foray into Cumberbatch fandom all started with “Sherlock,” a modern take on the character “Sherlock Holmes” originally created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; and, we watched all of the episodes and then we waited and we are still waiting. And, then as each new movie featuring the actor comes out we are realizing why we are still waiting for new episodes.

Lately, while we were waiting for more Sherlock, Cumberbatch showed up in The Hobbit:The Unexpected Journey as the voice of the Necromancer and in Star Trek Into Darkness as the big bad villian, Khan. His IMDB page shows many more movies in the works. Maybe it’s because he actually jumped off a tall building in the last Sherlock and he’s waiting for writers to figure out how to bring him back. Maybe . . . .

But, in the meantime, opening October 18th, The Fifth Estate ( a rated “R” movie) is about the following:

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an 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 a 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 combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and 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?”


Genre:                          Drama/Thriller

Rating:                          TBD

U.S. Release date:        October 18, 2013

Running time:                TBD


Cast:                            Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Dan Stevens, with Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney

Director:                       Bill Condon                                                      

Producers:                    Steve Golin, Michael Sugar

Executive Producers:    Richard Sharkey, Paul Green Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King

Screenplay by:              Josh Singer

Based on the books:     “Inside WikiLeaks” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and the Guardian book “WikiLeaks” by David Leigh and Luke Harding

{Disclosure: This post does not endorse the movie or its contents since the actual film has not yet been viewed.}


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