Study in silver: A first look at Assange the movie
The first still showing Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange has been released. Cover your eyes, Sherlock fans – he's really not looking as fit as a fiddle
Pictured is the first glimpse from the set of the upcoming film about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, The Fifth Estate. Directed by Bill Condon (he of the final two instalments of the Twilight franchise), it is based on two books, 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.
Told from the viewpoint of Assange's right-hand man, Domscheit-Berg, the film will focus on the website's early days. We'll have to wait and see whether Assange will be able to take a trip to the cinema to watch The Fifth Estate when it is released at the end of this year or if he'll have to wait for the DVD.
Having hottie Benedict Cumberbatch play him will no doubt thrill the egomaniac Assange. But with that hair, surely Helen Mirren was the one?
Assange now likes to sport a tie for his balcony appearances but back in the day, like every other web geek, he favoured a sensible anorak and rucksack.
Sherlock fans, rejoice! That platinum bob is merely a wig so his much-admired floppy auburn locks are alive and well. That 'do, though. Yikes.
Daniel x 3
The other chap is Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Assange's cohort, whose pseudonym was Daniel Schmitt. Played by Daniel Brühl. Confused?
As the film focuses on the website's early days, the Ecuadorian embassy hideout won't likely feature. Which means no Lady Gaga cameo. Sad face.
Arts & Ents blogs
The episode begins with Finn (Cory Monteith) at college, partying and accidentally participating in ...
What a wonderful way to end this momentous series in the 50th year of Doctor Who. From the start of ...
Let's talk book blurbs, those quotes you get, usually from other writers, that are meant to entice y...
- 1 Heading for America? Prepare for the longest US immigration queues ever
- 2 Notes from a small island: Is Sealand an independent 'micronation' or an illegal fortress?
- 3 You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
- 4 'Swivel-gate': David Cameron goes to war with the press over 'swivel-eyed loons' slur
- 5 It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking's Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.