Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in the new Open Road Films biopic entitled Snowden.
The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Walk) as Snowden, and picks up with the accident he suffered during his military service. The movie then progresses through to the events that unfolded in late 2013, as Snowden begins to release classified documents to the press, believing the U.S. government is not being transparent enough in informing the American people of the extent of their ability to access the public’s personal information.
Initially, director Oliver Stone (Savages, Platoon) was hesitant to helm the project, as he was already working on another controversial film about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.. Through an unknown series of, clearly very persuasive, events, Stone decided to commit to the film as director which led to him meeting with Edward Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. It was later announced that Stone had acquired the rights to books The Snowden Files, by Luke Harding, and Time of the Octopus, written by Kucherena himself. Stone began using both books to write an inspired screenplay. Filming then began in April of 2015.
Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.
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Snowden is yet to receive an official UK release date.