Filming has begun on Oliver Stone’s highly anticipated “Snowden” in Munich and will continue around the world until mid-May. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the infamous NSA whistleblower, leading a starry cast including Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant.
Pathé Films developed the project with Stone’s long-time producing partner Moritz Borman and have retained distribution rights for France and Benelux. Wild Bunch is handling international sales in all other territories, with Open Road Films and Endgame Entertainment partnering for the U.S. release.
Produced by Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff and Philip Schulz-Deyle, the film’s script by Kieran Fitzgerald (“The Homesman”) and Stone is based on “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Many” by Luke Harding and “Time of the Octopus” by Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. “Snowden Files” follows the cyber celebrity from Hawaii to Hong Kong, where he brought earth-shattering surveillance intel to Poitras and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald before seeking asylum in Moscow, which is the focus of Kucherena’s thinly fictionalized novel.
The Academy Award-honored creative team includes cinematography Anthony Dod Mantle (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Antichrist”), production designer Mark Tildesley (“28 Days Later”) and editor Alex Marquez (“Alexander”).
Open Road Films will release the film on December 25th; Pathe will open France on December 30th and Universum have dated Germany on January 8th. Other distributors include Gaga for Japan.
This weekend, Laura Poitras’ documentary account of Snowden, “Citizenfour,” looks all but locked to win an Academy Award.