It’s amazing what a little bit of hair dye can do.

With his natural hair colour left intact, Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) doesn’t particularly resemble WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. With his hair dyed white, however, the two are practically identical.

In case you need to be reminded of what Assange looks like, here he is…

Cumberbatch will be portraying Assange in The Fifth Estate, the first non-Twilight movie from director Bill Condon since 2006’s Dreamgirls. The tentative release date is Nov. 13, 2013.