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.
With the release of Dumb and Dumber To drawing nearer as we approach the holidays, and the final season of HBO’s The Newsroom airing this fall, Jeff Daniels has had to fill his schedule for the upcoming 2015 calendar, and his new project seems a pretty good choice. Daniels will appear as the director of NASA alongside Matt Damon in director Ridley Scott’s upcoming space drama The Martian, which is scheduled for release next November. The story follows Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars and his mission to survive until a rescue mission is sent to bring him back to Earth. Although this seems somewhat reminiscent of Brian DePalma’s Mission To Mars (2000), it should still make for a good watch. Scott is behind such films as Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Gladiator (2000), Matchstick Men (2003), American Gangster (2007), Robin Hood (2010), and The Counselor (2013), and Jeff Daniels and Matt Damon are both highly versatile actors, with Daniels being known as much for his dramatic abilities as his comedic skills. Other names attached to the project include Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty), Kate Mara (House of Cards, Transcendence), Kristen Wiig (The Brothers Solomon, Despicable Me), and Michael Pena (The Lincoln Lawyer, American Hustle). We’ll look out for more news.
Ridley Scott has been making ground-breaking blockbusters and cinematic icons for the last forty years. Going as far back as Alien, his catalogue has grown to include such classics as Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, Matchstick Men, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster, and Robin Hood. The director has also been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Director for Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down. With The Counselor hitting theaters this fall, Scott will now be looking to future projects, beginning with an adaptation of the Biblical story Exodus, which could potentially begin shooting right around the time of The Counselor‘s release.
Recent news has reported that Joel Edgerton will be taking the role of Ramses opposite Christian Bale, who has the lead role of Moses. Despite the fact that the Exodus story has been told time and again, perhaps most famously by Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments, a fresh, dramatic take on the story could be just the thing for a director like Ridley Scott. This would also be a huge career push for both Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale, whose most recent and famous role has been as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Bale is currently facing huge rumors revolving around a $50 million offer to play Batman in the next Man of Steel movie, but this is all just wild speculation considering neither Bale or the studios have confirmed anything. Fans of Scott will be counting on a good delivery, especially since Prometheus didn’t meet well with audiences last year. A sequel for Prometheus is in the early production stages, but for now Scott’s more pressing matter will be getting this Moses project (which has been floating around since 2009) off of the shelves and onto the screen. The Counselor is set to hit theaters October 25th.