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Open Road Films has decided to position Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” as an awards contender, moving the biopic back from May 13 to Sept. 16.

“Snowden” stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Shailene Woodley plays his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills. Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Olyphant round out the cast.

The film had originally been set to open on Christmas last year, but Open Road decided last October to move it back to May.

Stone directed Snowden from a script he wrote with Kieran Fitzgerald based on Luke Harding’s book “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” and “Time of the Octopus,” written by Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena.

Snowden was charged in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Justice with two counts of violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property, and his passport was revoked a week later by the U.S. Department of State. He was granted temporary asylum by Russia in 2014.

Moritz Borman is producing with Eric Kopeloff and Philip Schulz-Deyle.

Open Road has seen considerable success from its decision to open “Spotlight” in November. It’s been nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture, and has grossed more than $53 million worldwide.

“Snowden” is the first feature film that Stone has directed since 2012’s “Savages.” It will open against Universal’s “Bridget Jones’ Baby,” Lionsgate’s “Nerve” and Sony’s “When the Bough Breaks.”

The news about the “Snowden” release date was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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