Joseph Gordon-Levitt, best known for his work in Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises, has bagged the role to play whistleblower Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s next movie. The former National Security Agency contractor is infamous for taking the lid off the US government’s mass surveillance programs creating a global uproar, Reuters reports. Also Read - UK's bulk interception powers revealed by Edward Snowden declared illegal
Citing sources, the report states that the film which is still untitled, will go into production in Munch in January. Edward Snowden rose to fame after he leaked tens of thousands of classified intelligence documents to the media in 2013 and sparked a firestorm over the NSA’s gathering of data from the Internet activities and phones of millions of ordinary Americans and dozens of world leaders. Also Read - NSA is getting rid of hundreds of millions of call and text records collected under Freedom Act
Oliver Stone, who won best director Oscars for movies like Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, has written the screenplay based on two books — The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. Also Read - Google's 'Chat' service a precious gift to cybercriminals: Amnesty
Snowden now resides in an undisclosed location in Russia who has now given him a three year resident permit. He is wanted by the United States on charges including theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified intelligence to an unauthorized person.