Joseph Gordon-Levitt will take the lead role in Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic, ‘The Snowden Files’, by playing US National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
Though it is not still official, both men have supposedly agreed on the collaboration.
The film, written and directed by Stone, is due to begin shooting in December or, at the very latest, early 2015.
The move is also based on two books.
The first one, ‘Time of the Octopus’, is a novel written by Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s lawyer. It tells the fictional story of an American whistleblower who, threatened by the government, spends three weeks in a transit area of the Moscow airport while waiting for his request for asylum from Russian authorities.
The second book, ‘The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man’, was written by The Guardian journalist Luke Harding.
Snowden’s story is now quite familiar: he is a former intelligence analyst for the US who leaked classified government documents to media and has been on the run ever since. He is now living in an unknown place in Russia while seeking asylum.
The versatile Gordon-Levitt was last seen in his crime-thriller ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ and, after his epic performance, he will certainly succeed in his new role thanks to his high-profile ability to act in a wide variety of genres.