Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Edward Snowden, a former NSA agent, who discovered the extent to which the US government was spying on its citizens. Snowden stole and leaked classified information from the Agency to The Guardian in June 2013, and has since been in exile in Moscow, Russia. Director, Oliver Stone, met with Snowden in January 2014 in Moscow to discuss a possible movie. While Snowden wasn’t thrilled with the idea at first, Stone managed to convince him it was the right move, and soon after brought in screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald.
The film follows Edward Snowden, an American computer professional who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to The Guardian in June 2013.
“Snowden is an upcoming 2016 American biographical political thriller film directed by Oliver Stone and written by Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald. The film is based on the books The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. The film stars an ensemble cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Logan Marshall-Green, Timothy Olyphant, Ben Schnetzer, LaKeith Lee Stanfield, Rhys Ifans, and Nicolas Cage. Filming began on February 16, 2015 in Munich, Germany.”