Shailene Woodley Lands Role in Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden Film

November 17, 2014
Source: THR

Shailene Woodley

Though she's been busy with young adult fare like The Divergent Series: Insurgent (watch the teaser trailer here) and the romance The Fault in Our Stars, actress Shailene Woodley is making some time for something much different. THR reports the young star is currently in talks to take the female lead in the developing film about Edward Snowden from controversial director Oliver Stone. Previously we heard that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in the running to play the NSA whistleblower who fled the country to avoid prosecution for his headline-making actions, and it sounds like he's still involved at this time. More below!

The film has been said to be based on both Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man and Time of the Octopus, the upcoming novel from Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. The film itself follows Snowden as he moves from Hawaii to Hong Kong where he met documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald to hand over top-secret NSA documents. Finally, Snowden settles in Moscow (at the airport) to seek asylum from law enforcement from the United States. Woodley would play Snowden's girlfriend. It's tough to say whether or not this recent newsworthy story will make a decent film so soon, but we're bound to find out.

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  • Rock n Rollllll
    I'll watch anything Oliver Stone. His commentary is so enlightening.
  • Ricardo_PT
    I recently watched "CitzenFour" by Laura Poitras and strongly recommend it to everyone interested in this story. And the documentary feels like a thriller at times, so I'm betting that it stays as the "definite" version of the story (and of course, it's the "real" one). But I'm eagerly awaiting for this as well and Snowden's girlfriend was the "character" I missed the most in Citzen Four, I hope this movie can shed some extra light on their relationship and her point of view when he left without notice.
    • Same here, I agree with you and support the film as well. Saw it at the New York Film Festival and was floored, it's an outstanding film and hopefully more and more people see it now that it's playing. Thanks for mentioning it.
      • Ricardo_PT
        No problem, the film deserves the praise 😉 So it a couple of days ago at Lisbon&Estoril Film Festival (Portugal) with a Q&A with Laura Poitras and Jacob Appelbaum afterwards. It was definitely an interesting experience. Jacob seemed a little too much paranoid (not to say he isn't right, but sometimes over-dramatizes the situation). Laura was a pleasure to hear and she sure knows what she's doing.
    Interesting news. She has the skills. I just think she needs a great project. This could be it?!




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