First look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden leaves you shocked

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2015 14:56 IST

They have only started shooting for Oliver Stone's biopic on Edward, the man who is probably the world's most famous whistleblower, and we are already surprised.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays the role of Snowden in the eponymous biopic, shared the first image from the shooting which shows Snowden training for the US Army.

He also wrote in the Facebook post: "I was surprised when I first learned this about Snowden--that he enlisted in the US Army in 2004. He wanted to go fight in Iraq, but during basic training at Fort Benning, he broke both of his legs and received an administrative discharge. After that, he was still determined to serve his country (love him or hate him, you gotta admit the guy's strong-willed) and so he ended up getting a job at the CIA, which is where his career in Intelligence began. Today's scenes felt like a really good way to start this shoot. It was hard, but of course, nowhere near as hard as real basic training. And me, I'm just honored and excited to be doing a soldier sequence with Oliver. I keep saying to myself: "f*ck, this guy directed Platoon!"

Edward Snowden (file picture)

Snowden left America after he revealed the mass surveillance of private communications by the National Security Agency. The plot of Stone’s film follows Snowden as arrives at his decision to reveal the extent of the NSA’s snooping to Laura Poitras and former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. Poitros' documentary Citizenfour, based on Snowden, won an Oscar this month.

The real-life Snowden’s lawyer announced Tuesday that the former NSA contractor is considering a return to the US if he’s guaranteed a fair trial.

The film is scheduled to open December 25.

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