This image portrays Snowden in his pre-whistleblower days, when he was “an ordinary man who unquestioningly served his country.”
Snowden is currently shooting in Munich before moving to other locations around the world.
Shailene Woodley is playing Snowden’s girlfriend in the film, while Nicolas Cage has been cast as a former U.S. intelligence officer.
Other castmembers include Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant.
The thriller is based on Luke Harding‘s book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, which chronicles Snowden’s move from Hawaii to Hong Kong, where he handed over the NSA documents to journalist Glenn Greenwald, and Time of the Octopus, the upcoming novel from the whistleblower’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, telling the story about Snowden’s time waiting for the government in Moscow to grant his asylum.
Paris-based Pathe Films has developed the project with Stone’s longtime producing partner Moritz Borman and has retained distribution rights for France and Benelux. Wild Bunch is handling international sales in all other territories, with Open Road Films and Endgame Entertainment partnering for the U.S. release. The film is being produced by Borman, Eric Kopeloff and Philip Schulz-Deyle.
Snowden will be released in the U.S. on Dec. 25.
Snowden also was the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour.