On Wednesday, Sony Pictures
announced it had purchased the film rights to s new book, Glenn Greenwald’ No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State . It’s far too early in the process for formal casting decisions, but when CNN’s asked Greenwald if he had any ideas about who could play him and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in the film, he admitted that he’d heard some rumors. Jake Tapper
“The leading names, that I’ve seen are Jared Leto for Edward Snowden, who with I’m not really familiar. And Edward Norton has been mentioned a lot for me, but that’s definitely very low on my list of priorities,” Greenwald told Tapper. “There’s all kinds of speculation, I’m going to leave that to Twitter, for the most part,”
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It’s not just Twitter that can play the hypothetical casting game, so we decided to put together our own dream team for the potential film. Keeping in mind that the project’s producers include
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of James Bond fame, we can expect to movie to embrace a somewhat heightened, more thrilling version of reality. Accordingly, it only makes sense that the cast would reflect those sensibilities.
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Jeremy Renner as Edward Snowden
Jared Leto is a great actor and all, but if the film could use some of the Bourne series' spirit. So why not throw some glasses on Jeremy Renner?
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Daniel Craig as Glenn Greenwald
Edward Norton may be a sensible choice, but you just know Greenwald wants to be the 007 of this story.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal as Laura Poitras
Laura Poitras has mostly stayed behind the camera, but in a story devoid of female characters, she may need to serve as a love interest for... somebody.
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Mark Ruffalo as Barton Gellman
Mark Ruffalo is just the kind of politically-impassioned actor who would love to get in on this project, and has the right look to play the man who covered Snowden for the Washington Post.
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Gael García Bernal as David Miranda
Greenwald's character needs his sexy, young, Brazilian partner and, assuming the film doesn't turn
David Miranda into a woman, Mexican actor Gael García Bernal should be a perfect fit.
[ Photos via Wikimedia Commons, Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters]
Steve Coogan as Alan Rusbridger
The Fifth Estate, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger was played by Peter Capaldi of The Thick of It and In the Loop fame. For a Brit with similar pedigree but a bit more recognition in America, how about Steve Coogan?
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Jonathan Banks as James Clapper
Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks could help bring some comedic irony to the national intelligence director, who told Congress, with a straight face, that the NSA was "not wittingly" spying on American citizens.
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Jon Voight as Rep. Peter King
As one of the few prominent Hollywood Republicans,
Jon Voight might just relish the chance to embody one of Snowden's biggest congressional detractors.
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Jessica Alba as Snowden's Girlfriend
Lindsay Mills will probably only exist in flashbacks, but might as well go all out for this one.
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