Benedict Cumberbatch is… Julian Assange [VIDEO]

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The trailer for the Wikileaks movie has been released on the internet, and it features no less a star than acclaimed British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the website’s controversial founder and editor-in-chief.

Well done Benedict.

You’ve played Khan in the new “Star Trek” movie, and you’ve made a brave attempt at Assange’s unusual Aussie twang. Now, please get back to the BBC and finish filming the next series of “Sherlock”.

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“The Fifth Estate” is due for release in US cinemas in October. There’s no word on when Assange is due to release himself from the charming hospitality of London’s Ecuadorian embassy.

Of course, Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Julian Assange in a Hollywood movie underlines how big a story privacy has become in the last few years with the general public.

Films based around internet phenomenons like Facebook and Steve Jobs have sought audiences in the last few years, which makes me wonder – who is next to get a movie makeover?

There’s one obvious candidate right now, as the world’s media obssesses about the travel plans of fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, currently hanging out in Moscow airport.

Surely there’s never been a better person to play Where’s Wally?

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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