DreamWorks released the latest trailer for their controversial film shortly after news of Julian Assange’s letter to actor Benedict Cumberbatch were revealed. The movie clip displays the WikiLeaks founder’s defense of his position as a crusading journalist hell-bent on publishing secret government information. It’s interesting and curious that Assange would ‘leak’ the letter a week before the movie’s official release in theaters on October 18th.
The movie is based on two books about Assange and his operation; Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website,” and David Leigh and Luke Harding’s “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy.” Writer Josh Singer (“The West Wing”, “Fringe”) is credited with adapting for the big screen.
According to IMDB, the plot summary for the dramatic thriller is based on real events that reveal 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 Assange (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 whistle-blowers 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?
Director Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters”, “Twilight”) helmed the picture, which was produced by Steve Golin and Michael Sugar. Touchstone Pictures is distributing the film in the U.S. theatrically.