The official trailer for "Snowden" is here, showing director Oliver Stone in full political paranoia mode, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing an impressive job as the titular hero/traitor.
If you've spent any time listening to Edward Snowden talk about his experience leaking classified intel from the National Security Agency (perhaps in the documentary "Citizenfour") you have an idea of his voice and cadence. JGL nails it in the trailer, which starts with Snowden being discharged from Special Forces training after breaking both legs, and taking him through his employment at the CIA to his decision to leak information about NSA surveillance activities.
The trailer illustrates Snowden's shock about the level of government spying, painting him as a brilliant, almost Bourne-style operative. But we also see more of Snowden's personal life, with Shailene Woodley as his girlfriend Lindsay.
Here's the trailer:
And here's the synopsis from Open Road Films:
"Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year."
Apparently the real Snowden approves, since he tweeted this out:
For two minutes and thirty nine seconds, everybody at NSA just stopped working. https://t.co/OLjCV6wkGp
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 27, 2016
"Snowden" -- which co-stars Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, and Joely Richardson -- is now scheduled to open September 16.
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Disillusioned with the intelligence community, top contractor Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) leaves his job at the National Security Agency. He now knows that a virtual mountain of data is being assembled to track all forms of digital communication -- not just from foreign governments and terrorist groups, but from ordinary Americans. When Snowden decides to leak this classified information, he becomes a traitor to some, a hero to others and a fugitive from the law. Read More