Joseph Gordon-Levitt Maybe Playing Edward Snowden for Oliver Stone
Next fall, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will bring to life the exploits of daredevil Phillippe Petit, the man who did a high wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center back in 1974, in the film The Walk. But it sounds like he might bring another headline-making real-life person to life soon too. Deadline reports the star of Don Jon is the top choice to lead Oliver Stone's developing film about CIA leaker and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Previously it was said that Stone was basing his film on The Snowden Files, the book by Luke Harding, who is also a reporter for The Guardian, the outlet who scooped the story, but it sounds like they have some new source material now from another subject close to Snowden. Read on!
Stone and producing partner Moritz Borman have a deal with Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena to pick up the film rights to his book Time of the Octopus, which is another chronicle of Snowden's long wait in Russia and the struggle with his lawyer as they await a ruling on his request for asylum from American pursuit and prosecution. The Julian Assange film The Fifth Estate didn't seem to garner too much attention, but maybe this will be different? Remember, there's also a competing Snowden film from James Bond franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, but we'll see which film ends up getting off the ground first. Does either project sound appealing?