Sherlock star takes on Assange role

Press Association23 January 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch ditches his Sherlock black mop for a white mane as he takes on the role of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his latest role.

The actor is seen for the first time as Assange in forthcoming movie The Fifth Estate which has now begun filming.

It traces the early days of his WikiLeaks site as he sought to bring confidential information into the public domain.

Cumberbatch - famed for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC1 update of Conan Doyle's stories about the consulting detective - stars alongside Daniel Bruhl, who portrays Daniel Domscheit-Berg, one of his early supporters.

The film is based on two books about the rise to infamy of Assange, who is holed up in Ecuador's London embassy after being given asylum. The Australian faces extradition to Sweden over sexual assault claims, which he denies.

Director Bill Condon said: "It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it's revolutionised 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."

Wireless Home Surveillance for $9/Week

Secure your home for only $9/week and get a FREE wireless camera & security system valued at $850! Get info. ADT Authorized Dealer

All Active and Former U.S. Military Take This Quiz

Active and former military wanting to purchase a new home, or refinance an existing loan using your Veteran Benefits take this quiz.

Final Goodbye - 'She Was The Love of My Life'

Burt Opens Up Finally About Sally Relationship.

Summer Style

Creating the perfect on trend summer outfit for you & your little one has never been easier, introducing Old Navy's latest Explorer collection!

How much can you actually save by refinancing?

Rates now at 3.20% APR 5/1 ARM- $250K for $923/mo. LendingTree's simple online tool to help determine how much you could be saving by refinancing.