Shailene Woodley in Talks to Star in Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden Film

     November 15, 2014

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Actress Shailene Woodley took her time in choosing her follow-up project after this summer’s one-two punch of Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, but despite the fact that she already has her own franchise, it appears that she’s still very much game for more difficult subject matter.  THR reports that Woodley is in talks for the female lead role in director Oliver Stone’s untitled film about NSA leaker Edward Snowden, which has Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to play the controversial figure.  Woodley is poised to take on the role of Snowden’s girlfriend in the pic, which is based on two Snowden-centric books: Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files and Anatoly Kucherena’s upcoming Time of the Octopus.  More after the jump.

shailene-woodley-edward-snowden-moviePer THR, preproduction on Stone’s untitled Snowden picture is currently underway in Germany with filming set to begin in January.  Details regarding Stone’s take on the story are unknown, but Time of the Octopus traces Snowden’s life after the leak, including his move from Hawaii to Hong Kong where he handed over the documents and subsequent flight to Moscow where he sought asylum.  With Stone at the helm, the picture is sure to drum its fair share of heated reactions.

Woodley has been on the rise for years after a breakout turn in The Descendants, followed by a fantastic lead role in the 2013 indie The Spectacular Now.  She’s had a swell 2014 as The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent thrust her into the spotlight, but it’s nice to see that she’s still interested in taking on challenging projects.  The actress recently wrapped Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent series, and she’s poised to reprise her role as Tris Prior in the sci-fi franchise’s two-part concluding chapter, Allegiant: Part 1 in 2016 and Allegiant: Part 2 in 2017.  The Divergent Series: Insurgent opens in theaters on March 20, 2015.

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