Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
Oliver Stone is casting up his sure to be hot-topic Edward Snowden film. He’s already got Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the infamous whistleblower and Shailene Woodley as his girlfriend. Now, he’s added the three other major roles in the film.
Oscar-winner Melissa Leo will play Laura Poitras, the journalist/filmmaker who was part of Snowden’s revelations and directed the Best Documentary Oscar nominee, CitizenFour. Zachary Quinto will play Glenn Greenwald, the journalist Snowden chooses to help release the secrets and Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson will play Ewen MacAskill, a reporter at The Guardian who fact-checked and helped break these secrets. Read more about the Edward Snowden movie casting below.
The Wrap broke the news of the Edward Snowden movie casting. According to their report, no final deals have been deals but talks are all nearing their conclusions. It’s a pretty great batch of actors, who both look a lot like their counterparts (The Wrap lines them up) and have incredible talent.
If anyone had any doubt what the Stone film was going to be like, well, now that’s pretty clear. It seems highly likely it’s going to be a dramatization of CitizenFour, with more story and context around it. However, this film isn’t technically based on Poitras’ doc. It’s based on two books: “Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s lawyer in his new home of Russia, and “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” by Luke Harding. Stone is writing and directing.
When news first broke of Stone doing this film, and even casting Gordon-Levitt, I wasn’t that interested. But having now seen CitizenFour, this is a movie that could be very of-the-moment and is very Oliver Stone. It has all the elements for the director to make a big screen return to form. His last film, Savages, wasn’t very good. Neither was Wall Street 2 and though W. and World Trade Center had their moments, all of them combined can barely touch the work Stone was doing in the Eighties and Nineties.
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