If Benedict Cumberbatch as Julain Assange didn’t quite satiate the movie-going public’s need for controversial names in the news, they may soon be able to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Deadline reports the actor is eyeing the role in a new film being prepped by director Oliver Stone. No stranger to tackling hot-button political issues, Stone has already paid for the rights to The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by The Guardian journalist Luke Harding, and is finalizing a deal for the rights to Time of the Octopus — a novel by Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena which essentially reads as a fictionalized account of his work with the former NSA subcontractor.
Stone and Gordon-Levitt aren’t the only people in Hollywood eyeing a Snowden film, however. Sony Pictures acquired film rights to journalist Glenn Greenwald‘s No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, which may arguably become the account of the case. The Sony film is set to be produced by Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of the James Bond franchise.
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