Joseph Gordon-Levitt Eyes Edward Snowden Role for Oliver Stone

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is reportedly the top contender to play one of America’s most famous whistleblower and asylum-seeking CIA leaker, Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s next film The Snowden Files.

According to the trade, Gordon-Levitt and Stone want the deal to happen. Stone and producer Moritz Borman have bought up two sources for their film, which hopes to start shooting in Munich this December or in the early first quarter of 2015 – they bought the screen rights for “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World’s Most Wanted Man,” from Guardian journalist Luke Harding, as well as the novel “Time of the Octopus” from Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena.

Stone’s thriller could compete with a rival project titled No Place to Hide, based on the Pulitzer-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald‘s upcoming book (to whom Snowden leaked thousands of classified documents in June 2013). That film will be produced by James Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, though the Stone version looks likely to arrive on the big screen first.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For star Gordon-Levitt recently wrapped production on the Robert Zemeckis film The Walk, and is currently filming an untitled X-Mas comedy with Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie.

Dreamworks’ Julian Assange movie The Fifth Estate was a critical and commercial bomb. In addition, Stone hasn’t given us a good movie for close to two decades. I personally believe  Gordon-Levitt should stay away from this one although he’d be perfect to play Edward Snowden, the turncoat that some would call brave man.

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