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). Continue reading →
Here we have a new teaser trailer for the upcoming Oliver Stone (The Doors, Born on the Fourth of July) biopic on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The film is appropriately (and simply) titled Snowden and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) in the title role. While production has been underway for on the project for sometime, one would expect to see at least a 10-second clip of actual footage, but with this teaser all you really get are some words outlining highlights of Snowden’s life and a clever phrase to top-off the 86-second clip (even though “One Nation, Under Surveillance” is pretty clever considering the subject matter). Also starring in the film are actors Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent), Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Prisoners), Zachary Quinto (24, Star Trek: Into Darkness), Tom Wilkinson (The Patriot, Rush Hour), Rhys Ifans (Anonymous, The Amazing Spider Man), and Nicholas Cage (Con-Air, National Treasure). The movie is scheduled to open in theaters on Christmas Day, right alongside Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. We’ll keep an eye out for additional trailers as they come out. Stay tuned!
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in upcoming Oliver Stone biopic Snowden (2015).
Director Oliver Stone has presented some pretty controversial biographical films in his career, JFK, Nixon, and W. just to name a few. His latest project, again simply titled Snowden, about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is now filming with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) in the lead role. More specifically, the plot follows Snowden from his time in the US Army in 2004 to his groundbreaking interview in Hong Kong with documentarian Laura Poitras (whose documentary film, Citizenfour, about that very interview, just won an Oscar for Best Documentary), during which he exposed top-secret NSA documents before fleeing to Russia for asylum. The script comes from two primary sources: author Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man and Anatoly Kucherena’s Time of the Octopus (Kucherena is Snowden’s Russian attorney), which were adapted for the film by Stone and screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald. Included in the supporting cast are actors Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault in our Stars), Scott Eastwood (Texas Chainsaw 3D, Fury), Nicholas Cage (Face-Off, Matchstick Men), Timothy Olyphant (Live Free or Die Hard, Justified), Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story, Star Trek Into Darkness), and Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, The Exorcism of Emily Rose). The film is scheduled for release Christmas Day 2015. Stay tuned for more news.
Vin Diesel is currently wrapping up the next installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise, with an eighth installment also seeing rumors flying about in Hollywood, and The Last Witch Hunter already lined up as his next project. That being said, the actor has not completely walked away from Xander Cage, the character that was dubbed the American version of James Bond when he first hit theaters back in 2002, and even though the second installment with Ice Cube was not nearly as memorable, Diesel still plans to reprise the role in The Return of Xander Cage (title pending of course). Although there is no set schedule for production to begin on XXX 3, Diesel has already reported that part of the project will be filmed in the Phillippines, which may indicate that the production has been moving further along than we are being lead to believe, but at this point this is all just speculation. Maybe Diesel can bring some legitimate credibility back to the franchise that, along with The Fast and the Furious and Pitch Black, helped boost him to celebrity status in Hollywood, but we’ll just have to sit tight and wait to hear for more news on this one.
Ok it’s true: The Lone Ranger was a complete failure. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest collaboration with actor Johnny Depp has resulted in major concerns from the Disney execs, who are worried that Bruckheimer’s next project, a 5th Pirates of the Caribbean movie, will share the same fate as The Lone Ranger. Let me just make put this out there for sake of clearing the air: IT WILL!!! The Lone Ranger didn’t fail because of bad writing, poor directing or a lack or overuse of visual effects; a modern Western movie with a good plot line and some old fashioned gun-slinging action would have done just fine, and most likely would have appealed to a much broader audience. The Lone Ranger, however, has been re-made time and time again, and for Disney to try to make a modern Western with family-appropriate material and sell it with Johnny Depp’s name is just clinging to old marketing strategies, and frankly is not going to cut it anymore.
We all know Johnny Depp is a phenomenal actor, but characters that only require make-up and outlandish costumes became a thing-of-the-past when they decided to make a 4th Pirates movie. Jerry Bruckheimer could consider working with some other actors too; Depp is not the only guy in Hollywood that can deliver a decent performance, especially for a Disney movie. I mean Nicholas Cage still draws a good crowd and that guy hasn’t been able to act since, ever! What needs to happen is for Bruckheimer and Depp to part ways, Depp to take on more original roles and come back to showcasing his unique talent, and Bruckheimer to find a new adventure project, not linked to family-friendly pirates, cowboys, or indians.