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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play NSA Leaker Edward Snowden in Upcoming Film

By    |   Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 08:37 AM

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play NSA leaker Edward Snowden in an upcoming film directed by Oliver Stone.

Deadline Hollywood reported Thursday that filming will begin in Munich this January, with Moritz Borman and Eric Kopeloff producing.

"It’s the greatest story of our time," Stone told USA Today in June, before casting any actors. "A real challenge."

Gordon-Levitt has not commented publicly on the upcoming role as of yet, and the script is being kept under lock-and-key, many outlets report.

It is known, however, that the movie will be based on two specific books.

Stone and Borman have purchased the rights to "Time of the Octopus," a novel penned by Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena. They also bought the rights to "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World's Most Wanted Man" by The Guardian U.K. journalist Luke Harding.

Sony Pictures had picked up the rights to journalist Glenn Greenwald's "No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, The NSA, And The U.S. Surveillance State," but it appears the Stone-Levitt project will beat them to the punch.

Last week, a documentary about Snowden, "Citizenfour," premiered at the New York Film Festival, and received positive reviews from critics.

Snowden, 31, currently resides in Russia, where he sought asylum after leaking an unprecedented number of classified government documents pertaining to the NSA's surveillance and data collection programs, among other things.

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