The true story follows Edward Snowden, an American computer professional who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) to The Guardian in June of 2013.
Based on Luke Harding’s recent book, “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man.” The book, from the newspaper’s own correspondent, was published earlier this year with the following official description.
It began with a tantalizing, anonymous e-mail: “I am a senior member of the intelligence community.” What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man. Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal mass surveillance programs of the United States government. His whistleblowing has shaken the leaders of nations worldwide, and generated a passionate public debate on the dangers of global monitoring and the threat to individual privacy.
In a tour de force of investigative journalism that reads like a spy novel, award-winning Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells Snowden’s astonishing story—from the day he left his glamorous girlfriend in Honolulu carrying a hard drive full of secrets, to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong, to his battle for asylum and his exile in Moscow.
For the first time, Harding brings together the many sources and strands of the story—touching on everything from concerns about domestic spying to the complicity of the tech sector—while also placing us in the room with Edward Snowden himself. The result is a gripping insider narrative—and a necessary and timely account of what is at stake for all of us in the new digital age.
Snowden is an American biographical political thriller film directed by Oliver Stone and written by Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald. The film is based on the book The Snowden Files by Luke Harding. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Melissa Leo, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage and Tom Wilkinson. Filming began on February 16, 2015 in Munich, Germany. Snowden is scheduled to be released in North American theaters on May 23, 2016.
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto, Joely Richardson, Melissa Leo, Scott Eastwood, Tom Wilkinson
Screenplay by: Kieran Fitzgerald
Production Design by: Mark Tildesley
Cinematography by: Anthony Dod Mantle
Film Editing by: Alex Marquez
Costume Design by: Bina Daigeler
Set Decoration by: Véronique Melery
Music by: Craig Armstrong
Studio: Open Road Films
Release Date: September 16, 2016