Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Gets New Release Date

Open Road Films

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Edward Snowden in the biopic.

Open Road Films has set a new release date of May 13, 2016 for Oliver Stone's Snowden.

The biopic stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as infamous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, while Shailene Woodley plays Snowden's girlfriend, Lindsay Mills.

The film was originally set to open Dec. 25, 2015, in time for this year's awards race. The Hollywood Reporter first reported it was being pushed back to next year.

A berth in mid-May is a high-profile date, since that's the beginning of the summer box office. It's also around the time of the Cannes Film Festival, a favorite destination for Stone.

Stone directed Snowden from a script he wrote with Kieran Fitzgerald.

Snowden 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.