Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in trailer for Oliver Stone’s Snowden – watch

The biopic of the NSA's most famous ex-employee is due in cinemas in September

The cinematic biopic of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – entitled simply Snowden – has launched its first full trailer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Due on September the 16th, the film will follow Snowden’s revelations to the media on the controversial security workings of the government agency. It was originally due to launch last Christmas, and uses the pointed tagline “the only safe place is to run.”

The official blurb says: “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.”


Also starring in the movie are Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson, Scott Eastwood and Timothy Olyphant.

Snowden himself made a surprise move into the musical world recently, in a partnership with Jean-Michel Jarre in which he provided vocals on a techno track. The politically exiled former surveillance man featured on ‘Exit’.

Jarre described the track as a “hectic, obsessive techno track, trying to illustrate the idea of this crazy quest for big data on one side, and the manhunt for this one young guy by the CIA, NSA and FBI on the other.”

He added that the associated album – entitled ‘Electronica Volume II: The Heart of Noise’ – “is about the ambiguous relationship we have with technology: on the one side we have the world in our pocket, and on the other, we are spied on constantly.”


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