It seems that director Oliver Stone has something to say about every decade relating to a contentious social or political issue. In the 1980’s, he spoke about the Vietnam War and the disparity between wealthy and poor in Platoon and Wall Street, in the 90’s he gave a perspective on conspiracy theories surrounding President Kennedy’s assassination and the contentious presidency of Richard Nixon in JFK and Nixon, and in the 2000’s he examined the controversial invasion of Iraq and returned to the story of wealth disparity in W. and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Now, it seems that he has something to say about the CIA’s surveillance programs and one important figure in particular.
According to a report from Variety, Stone is preparing a film entitled Snowden, focusing on CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and the ensuing controversy surrounding the continuing debate among some about whether or not he’s a hero, or a traitor. In addition to the fact that Stone is making the film, actor Nicolas Cage has joined the cast as a former U.S. intelligence officer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the titular role, while supporting roles are filled out by Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Rhys Ifans, and Tom Wilkinson.
Shooting for the film is happening right now in Munich, Germany, and is expected to continue in various international locations through mid-May. The film will be based on two books which Stone acquired the movie rights to last year: Time of the Octopus, and The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man. Time of the Octopus is a novel written by Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s lawyer in Russia, that seems to be a fictionalized account of the events based off of his perspective with the whistleblower, while The Snowden Files is an investigative account of the controversy. Both will form the basis of the screenplay, which was written by Stone.
Snowden, who currently resides in Russia through political asylum, was charged in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Justice with violation of the Espionage Act and theft of government property. His passport was revoked shortly thereafter, and he’s resided in Russia ever since.
Snowden will be released in the United States on December 25th. For more on the film as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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