If there was a filmmaker that was custom fit to bring the story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the big screen, it is Oliver Stone (JFK). And if there was an actor born to play the man, it has to be Joseph Gordon Levitt.
Good thing both are on board for the currently shooting Snowden. Between Open Road Films and Gordon’s social media pages, we have our first photos from the film that just started shooting and was only green-lit this past November!
The first two photos from the studio feature Snowden in the military (who knew?) and shows off a Gordon Levitt ready for action. The third photo is a light-hearted moment from the set, thanks to Gordon Levitt, and features him and Stone showcasing why each clearly appreciates working with the other.
Snowden made headlines for releasing tons and tons of NSA secrets from his time at the agency in protest to how the United States was conducting its foreign policy. He promptly became the target of an international manhunt. Snowden would pop up in a Russian airport, seeking asylum and that is where he still finds himself.
CITIZENFOUR recently won the Oscar for Best Documentary about this very subject, and it quickly became one of the best moments from the Oscars when host Neil Patrick Harris made the most perfect of jokes!
Snowden is based on several books that Stone turned into his script. They are Time of the Octopus and The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man.
Look for Snowden in theaters December 25 and it also stars Shailene Woodley, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Olyphant, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo and Zachary Quinto -- yeah, quite a cast.