Update (2/21/2015): Production company Open Road Films has made it official—Oliver Stone’s Snowden will be released on December 25, 2015 with Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing today’s most famous whistleblower.
SlashFilm has the scoop on the recent announcement, noting that while it’s not unusual for release dates to shift, this initial plan indicates Open Road sees Snowden as a possible Oscar-contender. The cast list certainly supports such intent. In addition to Gordon-Levitt in the title role, the credits include Timothy Olyphant (Justified) as a CIA agent, Shailene Woodley (Divergent) as Snowden’s girlfriend Lindsay Mills, Melissa Leo (Treme among many others) as documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, Zachary Quinto (new Spock!!) as Glenn Greenwald, and Tom Wilkinson (most recently the author in Grand Budapest Hotel) as political reporter Ewen MacAskill.
Filming is already underway in Munich, according to SlashFilm. If everything pans out, Snowden could make it two years in a row for NSA drama at Hollywood’s biggest night. Citizenfour, Poitras’s documentary on Snowden, is up for an Oscar this weekend.