Joseph Gordon-Levitt Eyes Edward Snowden Role in Oliver Stone Movie

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden: Actor
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Oliver Stone seems to have found the man to play NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in his next pic “The Snowden Files.”

Sources tell Variety that Stone has offered the part to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and that the actor has agreed to do it. Though negotiations have not yet begun, both sides want the deal to happen.

Stone is writing and directing and will produce with Eric Kopeloff and Moritz Borman.

Snowden’s story is now familiar to most: the former U.S. intelligence analyst released more classified documents than anyone since Daniel Ellsberg’s leaking of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. He has been on the run ever since.

Stone acquired the rights to the book “Time of the Octopus” by Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, which is considered the closest thing to a documented account of the events since Snowden first released the documents.

If the deal is made, production would likely begin at the end of the year or in the early first quarter of 2015.

Gordon-Levitt is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors, given his ability to jump from action to comedy to serious dramas. He recently wrapped production on the Robert Zemeckis film “The Walk,” another biopic where he plays Philippe Petit, the high-wire artist who famously crossed the World Trade Center Towers.

He was last seen in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” and is currently filming an untitled holiday pic with Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie. He is repped by WME.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. ITTTY IT says:

    Excellent choice.

    Unfortiunately the subject is People magazine level assigned ‘controversy’.

    What’s STONE wasting time with recyclings?????

    WHY doesn’t he at least take on the SNOWDEN upstaged snuff out
    of Rolling Stone REAL journalist MICHAEL HASTINGS.

  2. ordemiller says:

    When the relationship between Bruce Fein (Libertarian lawyer for the Paul & Snowden camps) and Glenn Greenwald (Guardian reporter “found” by Snowden), and the months they spent in each others company leading up to the NSA heist is examined, they will all be in Leavenworth by the time the film is released to video.

  3. nina lordi says:

    I love Joseph Levitt.,
    I’m not a freak fan girl. I am a member of his artist colab page “hit record”. Every role he plays is incredible. So talented and the sky is the limit for him. Just to throw in, the most handsome guy ;). Im 29 so I grew up watching him on 3td rock frok the son. If you read this joe you should definitely hit me up if you need a professionally trained violinist or you just want to meet me cuz im kind of a big deal. Haha ♡

  4. Eve Mallett says:

    Oh Yeah! He’s the best for the part!

  5. I’m going to agree with Sandy…and Joann. B/c, as Joann says, it’s still a work in progress, and as Sandy says, Oliver Stone has a unique take on the “truth.” But then, I highly doubt Oliver Stone will care if anyone comes to see it, b/c he seems more like a documentary filmmaker and less like a big-budget Hollywood director. In other words, he’s more interested in spreading his own opinions than in selling a product. Which is a rarity in Hollywood these days. Too bad those opinions are a bit off the mark.

  6. Joann Hardcastle says:

    I think Mr (two last-names news to look in the mirror.Other that being male he bare no resemblance to Snowden. No one would is this but me but put glasses on Robert Pattinson and you have a ringer. The story has not played out yet. Ten years from now he will either still be a trader or hero,

    • joy says:

      Robert Pattinson? The one with the stone face with just one expression? Wow, you made me laugh so early in the morning.

      • Meme says:

        Clearly you haven’t seen The Rover, Cosmopolis or Maps to The Stars. Pattinson would have been perfect as Snowden.

    • both sides now says:

      Mr. Gordon-Levitt is an outstanding choice for the role. This should be a role that requires an actor who can play to both sides of the story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be superb.

  7. Sandy says:

    If it’s by Oliver Stone it will be a twisted version of the truth. He puts his own spin on history.

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