Release Date: 03/11/2016
From three-time Oscar-winner Oliver Stone, Snowden is a riveting personal look at one of the most polarizing figures of the 21st century, the man responsible for what has been described as the most far-reaching security breach in U.S. intelligence history.
In 2013 Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) quietly leaves his job at the NSA and flies to Hong Kong to meet with journalists Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto) and Ewen MacAskill (Tom Wilkinson), and filmmaker Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo) to reveal U.S. government cyber surveillance programs of epic proportions. A top security contractor with virtuoso programming skills, Ed has discovered that a virtual mountain of data is being assembled tracking all forms of digital communication — not just from foreign governments and terror groups, but from ordinary Americans.
Disillusioned with his work in the intelligence community, Snowden meticulously gathers hundreds of thousands of secret documents that will expose the full extent of the abuses. Leaving his longtime love Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley) behind, Ed finds the courage to act on his principles. Snowden opens the door on the untold story of Edward Snowden, examining the forces that turned a conservative young patriot eager to serve his country into a historic whistleblower and posing provocative questions about which liberties we are willing to give up in order for our government to protect us.
Snowden stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars), Zachary Quinto (“Heroes,” Star Trek), Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Michael Clayton), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man, Notting Hill), Timothy Olyphant (“Justified,” Live Free or Die Hard), Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure), Scott Eastwood (Gran Torino, Fury) and Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck,” The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
The film is directed by Oliver Stone (Platoon, Wall Street). The screenplay is written by Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald (The Homesman, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández), based on the books The Snowden Files by Luke Harding, and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. Producers are Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff, Philip Schulz-Deyle and Fernando Sulichin. Director of Photography is Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire, Rush). Production Designer is Mark Tildesley (28 Days Later…, In the Heart of the Sea). Editors are Alex Marquez (Alexander, Savages) and Lee Percy (Boys Don’t Cry, Carrie). Costume designer is Bina Daigeler (Volver, All About My Mother). Composers are Craig Armstrong (Love Actually, Moulin Rouge!) and Adam Peters (Ruby Sparks, Paddington).
Directed By: Oliver Stone
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Timothy Olyphant, Nicolas Cage, Scott Eastwood, Joely Richardson