Benedict Cumberbatch goes blonde for The Fifth Estate but Julian Assange is not happy!

by Lisa McGarry

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We have to admit that we very much have the hots for Benedict Cumberbatch, we like his intelligent, geeky, British look a lot.

So we weren’t sure how we felt when we opened the newspaper this morning to be greeted by this picture, of the Sherlock hunk with long lank locks, dyed blonde for his latest film role.

Always one to throw himself into a new project, the actor agreed to sport the new hairdo, as he portrayed Wikileaks boss Julian Assange in the movie The Fifth Estate , which is currently being filmed.

However, Assange isn’t at all happy that his life is being turned into a Hollywood blockbuster and he certainly hasn’t given his approval for it to be produced.

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He insisted that the film will be a “massive propaganda attack” and speaking to the Oxford Union from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, he admitted that he had acquired a copy of the script and wasn’t happy with it’s content.

Holding the papers up, he said the movie is an attack on Iran as well as his organisation and he says Dreamworks are simply “fanning the flames” of war against the country.

Benedict will star as Assange in the movie and is currently shooting his first scenes in a secret location. It will be released to cinemas in America on November 15 with a UK release date to follow.


Director Bill Condon said of the film:

“It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it’s revolutionised 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.”

Cumberbatch has been a busy man this year and recently appeared in Peter Jackson’s blockbuster The Hobbit film as Necromancer. He will reprise the role in its two upcoming sequels. The actor has also starred in Twelve Years a Slave set in 19th-century America, and JJ Abrams’s new Star Trek sequel.

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