With the final season of Justified currently airing on FX, series star Timothy Olyphant is moving to the big screen, with the actor in negotiations to join the Untitled Oliver Stone/Edward Snowden Project. The deal isn't finalized yet, but if he signs on, the actor will play a CIA agent who befriended Edward Snowden, before he fled to Russia to seek asylum after leaking thousands of classified NSA documents. Timothy Olyphant joins a cast that includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden and Shailene Woodley as his girlfriend Lindsay Mills.
We reported earlier this month that Melissa Leo is in talks to play Laura Poitras, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-nominated documentary Citizenfour who also reported on the Snowden leaks. Zachary Quinto is in talks to play attorney and journalist Glenn Greenwald, who Edward Snowden entrusted with leaking the documents, while Tom Wilkinson is playing Ewen MacAskill, a reporter for The Guardian who helped break the story of the leaks, which exposed the NSA's mass surveillance tactics.
Oliver Stone is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Kieran Fitzgerald (The Homesman), with Moritz Borman and Eric Kopeloff producing alongside the director. The script is based on numerous sources including The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World's Most Wanted Man, a book by Guardian journalist Luke Harding and the novel Time of the Octopus, written by Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, which centers on an American whistleblower in Russia as he waits for Russia to approve his request for asylum. Open Road Films and Endgame Entertainment are handling the U.S. release, although no release date has been given yet.