After hearing about this project months ago and getting no more than an image of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) in costume as a military recruit, we finally have an official trailer for the upcoming drama Snowden from writer/director Oliver Stone (Platoon, Any Given Sunday). The film is based on two books, one called The Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena and the other simply titled The Snowden Files by author Luke Harding (who also wrote the book WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy that inspired the similarly themed 2013 flick The Fifth Estate). Snowden tells the story of infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden, from his time as an armed forces recruit all the way to his efforts to bring the National Security Administration’s practice of tracking individual cell phones for the sake of security into question. Screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald (The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández, The Homesman) co-adapted the script with Stone (although I can’t speak as to how accurate the material is).
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the lead role as Snowden, with Shailene Woodley (White Bird in a Blizzard, Divergent), Nicholas Cage (Windtalkers, Matchstick Men), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness), Scott Eastwood (Fury, The Longest Ride), Timothy Olyphant (Hitman, Justified), and Tom Wilkinson (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Selma) all taking supporting roles. The film is expected out in theaters this September. I have not read either of the books the film is based on, so I can’t speak as to how accurate the story is, and considering it’s a suspense-thriller I wouldn’t be surprised if a few things have been exaggerated, but we’ll have to wait until September to find out. Check out either of the books in your spare time until then, and enjoy the trailer here on MADE!