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Open Road is moving Oliver Stone’s Snowden from its Christmas Day release date to 2016.
The move bumps the film about Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked classified information, from this year’s Oscar race. A spokesperson for Open Road Films did not comment.
Sources say the film, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, isn’t finished yet. Open Road hasn’t yet determined the film’s new release date.
The move gives some breathing room to the Christmas Day frame, busy with five other wide releases — Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, the Will Smith–starrer Concussion, the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home, the Jennifer Lawrence dramedy Joy and Point Break — as well as juggernaut Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opening the previous week.
Christmas Day also includes bows from Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and the new Leonardo DiCaprio drama The Revenant from Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Gordon-Levitt already has another film, TriStar’s The Walk, generating awards-season buzz for the actor.
The film has been eagerly anticipated given that it is the first narrative feature to tackle the polarizing figure considered a hero by some and a traitor by others. The Snowden documentary Citizenfour won this year’s best documentary Oscar. Kieran Fitzgerald and Stone wrote the screenplay.
Wildbunch is selling international territories on Snowden at the Toronto Film Festival.
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