The first trailer showing Benedict Cumberbatch playing Julian Assange has leaked.
The two-minute snippet shows the British actor speaking with an Aussie accent and appearing with lank, grey hair.
Disney’s DreamWorks studio is behind The Fifth Estate, which sees Cumberbatch take on the role of the infamous Australian behind whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
Movie website IMDB has labelled the teaser a “Hot Trailer” while the Hollywood Reporter says the trailer “has the feel of a conspiracy thriller”.
Assange refused to meet with the actor, even though Cumberbatch reached out to the whistleblower before taking on the role.
“He felt that a meeting would condone a film he felt was too poisonous an account,” Cumberbatch recently told UK’s Time Out magazine.
“He got hold of an old script and all sorts of issues blew up when we were filming.
“He tried to attack it and in his position I’d do the same, probably. We had a discussion, though, which was good. If Julian is feeling that way, politically he’s right not to let that (a meeting) happen, because it would be like a blessing.”