The Latest Trailer for Oliver Stone’s Upcoming Political Drama ‘Snowden’

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One of the most controversial figures in the world of international politics, Edward Snowden is a man who attracted his fair share of admirers and haters. Of course, such a divisive and contradictory figure would grab the attention of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, who has made Snowden’s story of uncovering the NSA’s metadata surveillance program the subject of his latest politically charged movie, simply titled Snowden.

Whatever your thoughts on Edward Snowden and his actions, the combination of a controversial director and controversial subject matter should make for some compelling onscreen drama. The immensely talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt steps into the eponymous role, though the trailers for the film and my memories of The Walk are making me question his accent choices. Co-starring along with Gordon-Levitt are Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom WilkinsonRhys Ifans, and Nicolas Cage.

Now movies about controversial figures divulging state secrets aren’t always a rousing success, like the Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate. But Assange didn’t change the world conversation about cyber-security like Edward Snowden, nor did Assange seek asylum from some of the world’s most oppressive regimes. All sorts of secrets and political paranoia will hit the screens when Snowden opens on September 16th, 2016.

The official synopsis for Snowden:

Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.

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