Olivier Stone’s ‘Snowden’ trailer is here — and Joseph Gordon-Levitt perfectly portrays the NSA whistleblower. Click in to watch.
Are we sure that Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn’t related to the real Edward Snowden? In the new film, set to hit theaters on Sept. 16., JGL stars alongside stars Shailene Woodley, who portrays Edward’s girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, Zachary Quinto as as journalist Glenn Greenwald, Nicholas Cage, Scott Eastwood and Trevor and more. This trailer will have you on the edge of your seat.
“Find the terrorist in the internet haystack.” That was what Edward Snowden was hired to do in the NSA — but didn’t do. “I feel like I’m made to do it and if I don’t do it, I don’t know anybody else who can,” JGL’s Snowden says in the trailer about leaking documents. “I can’t turn back from this.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 35, previously revealed that he secretly met with Edward Snowden, who was a super nice man.
“He was in good spirits,” he told The Guardian about the former NSA contractor who leaked classified government documents in 2013. “Certainly there was that note, that he very much would like to come home. He doesn’t want to live in Russia at all.”
JGL admitted he felt he needed to meet him “to understand this person that I was going to play, observing both his strengths and his weaknesses.” Regardless, he only said positive things about him — “warm, kind, thoughtful.”
“I don’t want to be the actor guy who’s like, ‘You should listen to me! What he did was right!’ I don’t think that’s my place,” he said. “Even though that is what I believe — that what he did was right.”
The film’s premiere date was initially set for Dec. 25, 2015, then pushed to May 13, then pushed a third time. It will hit theaters on Sept. 16, 2016.