Oliver Stone's Snowden — starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden — was supposed to hit theaters last fall, but its producers, who were also behind the year's Best Picture winner Spotlight, decided to hold it for 2016's awards race.
Now Snowden is due to hit theaters on September 16, and like the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour, it will track the real-life story of Edward Snowden — covering everything from his military service to his time with the NSA to his leaking of secure documents to his time on the run from the very government he swore to protect.
Check out the first trailer below.
Immediately we recognize how Gordon-Levitt deepened his voice a bit to sound more like the real Edward Snowden, and the trailer is cut in a way to make it feel closer to a Bourne-like espionage thriller. It'll be hard to top Citizenfour, which is just mind-blowing in terms of how it covered the Snowden leak in real time alongside Snowden himself. If anyone can elevate this story and extract its most cinematic elements, it's Stone, Gordon-Levitt and the folks who just won Best Picture for another riveting real-life tale.
Let us know what you think of the trailer below. Snowden hits theaters on September 16.