Snowden was the odd man out at San Diego Comic-Con. While most filmmakers and actors visit the convention generally to promote a comic book movie or an adaptation of some kind, director Oliver Stone and Open Road Films brought a biopic about Edward Snowden (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to Hall H. The oddity in the lineup was an hour-long discussion almost entirely dedicated to privacy, surveillance, and only briefly, Pokémon Go, which Stone believes is a step towards “totalitarianism.”
Below, read our Snowden Comic-Con panel recap.
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Oliver Stone‘s Snowden may seem like an odd fit for Comic-Con, but the controversial filmmaker and his cast took the stage at Hall H earlier today to premiere a new trailer for his Edward Snowden biopic and engage an audience of nerds on topics that are a bit more heated than your average pop culture discussion. The full panel was apparently a weird one (for starters, Stone said that Pokemon Go was a big step toward totalitarianism), but movie itself looks like a fairly straightforward examination of Snowden and his controversial actions. This movie is going to ruin a few family dinners no matter its stance on its subject, so start arming yourself for the inevitable screaming match between you and the people you love by watching the new trailer below.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Few films have the capacity to completely derail a family gathering quite like Oliver Stone‘s upcoming Snowden, which tells the true story of the NSA contractor who leaked classified documents, exposed the shocking extent of government surveillance, and promptly fled the country to avoid arrest and charges of treason. Everyone has an opinion on Edward Snowden and the mere mention of his name is enough to turn pleasant conversations into verbal brawls. The question of whether he’s a hero or a traitor continues to be debated by millions of Americans. It’s a touchy subject. A controversial subject.
Which means it’s perfect material for Stone, who is usually at his best when he’s given the opportunity to rile people up. The new Snowden trailer is here and while it doesn’t look as extreme as JFK, it certainly looks like it has more political bite than W.
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Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
For a spell, it looked like Oliver Stone‘s Snowden could be a contender in this year’s awards race. It had a timely hot-button topic and an all-star cast, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley. Maybe most telling of all, it also had a primo release date: December 25, 2015. But those hopes were dashed when Open Road yanked the film off its 2015 calendar into summer 2016.
Or maybe not. Open Road Films has just pushed back Snowden a few more months into fall 2016, right at the start of prestige pic season. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
It looks like we’ll have one fewer present to open come Christmas Day. Open Road has pushed Oliver Stone‘s Snowden off its year-end release calendar and into 2016. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the controversial NSA whistleblower. More on the Snowden release date delay after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt leads the cast as the famous whistleblower, who joined the army and then the CIA before landing at the NSA. Watch the first Snowden teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
As Citizenfour was picking up its Best Documentary Feature award at the Oscars, production was getting underway on Snowden, Oliver Stone‘s fictionalized take on the NSA whistleblower’s tale. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Edward Snowden, and today he’s shared a glimpse of himself in character. Get your Snowden first look after the jump.
Update: Open Road has served up one more pic from Snowden, which you can also see after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
Every year, the studios release approximately 8 million prestige dramas between November and December, and it looks like this year’s slate is already getting crowded. The latest to join the year-end fray is Oliver Stone‘s Snowden, a biopic of the NSA whistleblower.
In addition to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays the title character, Snowden also features an admirable supporting cast that now includes Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans, and Joely Richardson. More on the Snowden release date and casting updates after the jump. Read More »