Julian Assange Writes Benedict Cumberbatch, Calls WikiLeaks Film “Wretched”

Posted on October 9th, 2013 by in Industry News, Offbeat

Benedict Cumberbatch (Image by RaulR1098)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Image by RaulR1098)


Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, is not happy with Dreamwork‘s depiction of him in the upcoming film, The Fifth Estate. Assange, who is played by the chameleonic Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness), wrote a personal letter to the actor slamming the film and imploring him to “reconsider” his involvement in it.

“I believe that it is going to be overwhelmingly negative for me and the people I care about,” wrote Assange. “It is based on a deceitful book by someone who has a vendetta against me and my organisation.”

Cumberbatch contacted the international man of muckraking before filming began, but was snubbed for reasons elaborated upon in the new letter.

“It is contrary to my interests,” explains Assange, “and to those of my organisation, and I thank you for your offer, and what I am sure is your genuine intent, but I must, with inexpressible regret, turn it down.”

No word yet on Cumberbatch’s reaction. One can’t help but wonder what kind of film Assange envisions for his organization, and whether he would imbue it with the same transparency as he gives to top secret military documents.

Assange currently lives in the British Ecuadorian embassy under political asylum. He is avoiding extradition to the U.S., where he would likely be put on trial for crimes such as treason and espionage.

To read Assange’s full letter to Cumberbatch, click to variety.com.


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