Though I rather enjoyed Savages, the days when a new Oliver Stone film was a must-see seem to be gone. The man’s films are still worth watching, but he’s somewhat lost his edge as well as his political conviction [remember how disappointing his Bush movie was?]. Still, his next movie is being currently shot in Munich. It’s called Snowden, and is a biopic of the man who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) concerning their surveillance programmes to the mainstream media, starting in June 2013. Open Road has released the first picture of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden, showing him during his brief service in the US Army before he was discharged. Let’s hope that this film does better at the box office than the Benedict Cumberpatch Julian Assange effort The Fifth Estate, and that Stone doesn’t back down with any of the subject matter to avoid controversy.
Snowden is shooting now in Munich and will move to other global locations. The cast includes Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant. Open Road and Endgame plan a late awards season December 25 release in the US. Stone directs from a script he co-wrote with Kieran Fitzgerald, based on Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man and Time of the Octopus, by Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena.