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Oliver Stone Wants Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Edward Snowden

According to Variety, Oliver Stone has found his Edward Snowden. Back in June, we reported that Stone was planning to make a film based on the NSA leaker’s story. Today, we are learning that he has offered the role of Snowden to Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The actor has reportedly agreed to take on the role, though formal negotiations have not yet begun. Assuming the deal goes through, production on the movie could start as soon at later this year.


“The Snowden Files” is based on the book of the same name by The Guardian’s Luke Harding. A competing project, based on Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide is also in the works and is set to be produced by the team behind the James Bond films. No casting has been announced on that project, though Greenwald has suggested Jared Leto could play Snowden and Edward Norton could play him.

Greenwald is apparently not a fan of Harding’s book, on which Stone’s film will be based, calling it “bullshit” earlier this year. Stone has reportedly also obtained the rights to Time of the Octopus, a new account of the events by Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, scheduled to be published this fall.

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