For a movie about a guy (in)famous for leaking classified information, "Snowden" is playing its own cards close to the vest. For now. Oliver Stone, who lives for this kind of story, directed the political bio thriller with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as former CIA employee Edward Snowden. The movie comes out on Christmas, which means it's a capital "B" Big Deal. Also a big deal: the rest of the A-list cast, which includes Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and even -- a bit randomly -- Nicolas Cage.
The first teaser trailer doesn't focus on the cast. It doesn't show them at all. It only lists their names at the end, after a series of facts are shown about the real Edward Snowden (who is also not shown at all). Here's what we see, amid close-up shots of an American flag, as pensive piano music plays:
- Army recruit at 20
- Joined CIA at 22
- NSA contractor at 26
- By age 29 the most wanted man in the world
Then we see the upside-down flag, which is meant to be a sign of distress, and also used in the "House of Cards" logo. Check it out:
The December 25 release date suggests Oscar ambitions, but it's hard to know what to think without any footage. That's why they call it a teaser!
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