Benedict Cumberbatch Sports Bleach Blond Look For WikiLeaks Film The Fifth Estate

January 23, 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg in 'The Fifth Estate' -- Walt Disney Studios

Benedict Cumberbatch is sporting a new look.

The "Sherlock" (and upcoming "Star Trek: Into Darkness") actor has gone for shockingly blond locks to play WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange.

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According to Walt Disney Studios, which released the new image on Wednesday, principal photography has begun on the WikiLeaks drama, "The Fifth Estate."

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In addition to Cumberbatch, the film stars Daniel Bruhl, Laura Linney, "Downton Abbey's" Dan Stevens and "Game of Thrones'" red priestess - Carice van Outen.

The drama, "traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks," according to the studio.

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It follows Daniel Domscheit-Berg (played by Bruhl), an early supporter-turned-colleague of Assange.

The film, which is being helmed by "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" director Bill Condon, will hit theaters on November 15, 2013.

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"It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it's revolutionized 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," Condon said in a statement.

-- Jolie Lash

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