Filming us underway on director Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden movie, Snowden, and Open Road Films has set a Christmas Day release for the sure-to-be-controversial drama. The picture joins a very crowded Christmas holiday, which currently also has the Will Smith drama Concussion, the Point Break remake, David O. Russell’s new film Joy, the family actioner Monster Trucks, and Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 set for release, as well as Alejandro G. Inarritu’s revenge drama The Revenant in limited release. It has not yet been decided whether Snowden will be getting a wide release or a limited release on the December 25th date, but I can’t imagine too many families will be itching to see Stone’s film on the holiday.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in Snowden as the NSA leaker with Shailene Woodley as Snowden’s girlfriend, Melissa Leo as Laura Poitras, Zachary Quinto as journalist Glenn Greenwald, and Tom Wilkinson as Ewen McAskill. As filming begins, Open Road Films announced today that Timothy Olyphant will play the CIA agent who befriended Snowden before he fled to Russia, adding that Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson have signed on in unspecified roles.
Attention on the pic is sure to be high, with the Snowden documentary Citizenfour poised to take home the Best Documentary Feature Oscar during this Sunday’s ceremony. The question is, will Stone get his mojo back and put together something searing and confrontational like his early films, or are we in for another Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps?