Benedict Cumberbatch is Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate (Video)

Benedict Cumberbatch/Julian Assange (YouTube)

Benedict Cumberbatch/Julian Assange (YouTube)

Well, here’s something for the rest of us to do until the next season of Sherlock airs: watching the trailer where Benedict Cumberbatch (aka “The kind of thing the police ask you to say when you’re drunk“) plays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, a role that we assume was a struggle for Mr. Cumberbatch to perform, as it involves changing his British accent to Australian and dying his hair another unnatural color. (Sorry ladies, he’s a ginger.)

But the larger question is: Are we ready for a Wikileaks movie yet?

Our guess is: No. The Julian Assange drama is still unfolding, and midcareer dramatizations have always struck us as teh work of impatient screenwriters. (See also: W.) After all, a lot of things can go down between now and October 11th, and by the time this movie premieres, it might need a new ending.

On the other hand…Cumberbitches!