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First pic: Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange

The first picture of 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch playing Wikileaks found Julian Assange has been released online.

He appears alongside 'Inglorious Basterds' star Daniel Bruhl, who is playing Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Assange's spokesman and a 'technology activist'.

Cumberbatch... bleach blond as Assange (Copyright: Dreamworks)

The film, which is now due out on November 15 in the US, has been titled 'The Fifth Estate'.

Starring alongside the pair will be Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten.

The drama will begin with the early days of the whistle-blowing website, culminating with the controversy over its leaking of government and military information.

'West Wing' scribe Josh Singer has penned the screenplay, using source material from Domscheit-Berg's book 'Inside Wikileaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website'.

Assange... pictured in 2010 (Copyright: Rex)

It's being directed by Bill Condon, who helmed 'Kinsey' and 'Dreamgirls'.

“It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it’s revolutionized the spread of information,” he said.

“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.”