Is this the ultimate irony? WikiLeaks have made their stance on new film The Fifth Estate clear since the early stages of production, so it comes as no surprise that they’ve chosen a familiar tactic to wreak their revenge on the Benedict Cumberbatch-led biopic.
The organisation, infamous for disseminating secret military and government documents, has leaked the full script to the film based on the rise of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), along with a 4,000-word memo unpicking the film’s plot and pointing out what WikiLeaks says are inaccuracies.
The published script is an earlier draft of the one used for the final film, but based on advance screenings in Toronto earlier this month, it is said to bear close resemblence to the finished product.
A tweet from the group’s official account said: “As WikiLeaks was never consulted about the Dreamworks/Disney film on us, we’ve given our advice for free: It’s bad.” The tweet included a link to the script and memo.
The leaked script also reveals a scene at the end of the movie portraying Assange’s response to the adaptation of his story. “The WikiLeaks movie? Which one?” he says. “That one? It’s based on the worst two books. Full of lies and distortion, like all bad propaganda. The WikiLeaks Movie? More like the anti-WikiLeaks movie.”
The Fifth Estate is released in UK cinemas on 11 October. Take a look at the trailer below…