Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Edward Snowden amid a star-studded cast in the first official Snowden trailer. Read more after the jump.
If you didn’t catch the Edward Snowden 2014 documentary CitizenFour, we strongly recommend it. The one-time interview with the ex-CIA contractor turned information-leaker was a real eye-opener to a story that everyone knew about but no-one really knew about. Given how universal and controversial Snowden’s story has become, it was only a matter of time before he got the biopic treatment. So between Oliver Stone, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a cast crammed with notable names, that very biopic was made. Although it would have been more poetic for the Snowden trailer to be leaked (hilarious), it’s gotten an official release ahead of the movie’s release in September. Check out the Snowden trailer, courtesy of Screenrant.
This is Gordon-Levitt’s second gig playing a real person in as many years. In his last biopic – Robert Zemeckis‘ The Walk – he played high wire artist Phillipe Petit to considerable acclaim. Even though he doesn’t have to put on a French accent this time around, Gordon-Levitt is going all out with the voice work. When you hear his voice-overs, the resemblance to Snowden’s actual voice is uncanny.
If you’re not a Gordon-Levitt fan, there’s no need to worry about him hogging screen time. The Snowden trailer gives us a sneak peak at a star-studded cast. Nicholas Cage, Rhys Ifans, Tom Wilkinson, Zachary Quinto, Melissa Leo, Timothy Olyphant and Shailene Woodley all join in on either side of the government’s hunt for Snowden and his stolen secrets. We can’t wait to see how Cage does in particular, given that this will be his first big budget gig in a long time that won’t require him to act insane. With so many heavy-weight acting chops, is this picture going to suffer from star-excess? The Snowden trailer seems to strike a good balance, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
It’ll be intriguing to see director Oliver Stone move back into political waters. Whether he’ll be able to make up for past blunders like Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is anyone’s guess.
Dramatisations of highly controversial figures are always tricky. If we learned anything from the Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate, it’s that a big name and a compelling character won’t save you if the real story isn’t told just right. Hopefully Snowden can do justice the the scope and social significance of the real deal.
Snowden will hit theaters September 16th 2016. Watch this space for all the latest Snowden movie news.