Nicolas Cage, Zachary Quinto & More Join Oliver Stone's 'Snowden'
Just after "Justified" star Timothy Olyphant took a supporting role in Oliver Stone's drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the cast has expanded with even more talent. Deadline reports the film, which is now going by the title Snowden, is shooting in Munich already, and the confirmed additions to the cast include Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Tom Wilkinson (Mission: Impossible III), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The only specific role detailed was that of Cage playing a former U.S. Intelligence official.
The new additions join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead as Edward Snowden with Shailene Woodley playing his girlfriend. he film is 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 novel from Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. The story follows Snowden as he moves from Hawaii to Hong Kong where he met documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras (director of last night's Oscar-winning Citizenfour) 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. This is a rather interesting assembly of talent to surround Gordon-Levitt, and it feels like an awards contender in the making.