Fifth Estate, The (film) Based on real events, the film depicts the explosive news leaks and trafficking of classified information that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely-debated organization. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg team up to create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, which leads to the question: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them? Directed by Bill Condon. Released on October 18, 2013, after an October 11 release in the U.K. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Julian Assange), Daniel Brühl (Daniel Domscheit-Berg), Anthony Mackie (Sam Colson), David Thewlis (Nick Davies), Stanley Tucci (James Boswell), Laura Linney (Sarah Shaw). 128 min. A DreamWorks picture, released by Touchstone.