Last year, before production started on Universal Pictures' Jason Bourne, Matt Damon teased that the story is set in a "post-Snowden world," referencing the polarizing Edward Snowden, a CIA analysts who some think is a hero and others think is a traitor. A few months after Jason Bourne hits theaters this summer, fans will get to see how Edward Snowden changed the world in the new biopic Snowden, set to arrive in theaters September 16. To get fans ready for the release, Open Road Films has debuted a new trailer and poster.
Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year, as you can see in the trailer from Open Road Films.
The script is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. The latter book mainly deals with former information analyst Snowden's time in Russia hoping to get asylum while the United States was demanding his extradition to potentially face jail time for leaking classified information. Edward Snowden's story was previously told in the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour.
Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage, Zachary Quinto, Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood and Joely Richardson round out the supporting cast for this highly-anticipated drama, which could be a contender for the Best Picture Oscar race. The movie was originally slated for release on Christmas Day 2015, but it was later pushed to May 13, 2016 and then to its current date September 16, 2016. This biopic will be going up against Universal's Bridget Jones's Baby, Lionsgate's thriller Nerve and Sony's drama When the Bough Breaks this September.
In addition to the trailer, we also have a new poster featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the title character. Watch as Edward Snowden goes from a special forces trainee to one of the most wanted men in the world. Edward Snowden has been living in Russia ever since the massive document leak, and it remains to be seen if he will ever return to the U.S. or not. Take a look at the new trailer and poster for Snowden below.