Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Teaser: "One Nation, Under Surveillance, for Liberty and Justice for All"

Snowden Joseph Gordon Levitt H 2015
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Snowden Joseph Gordon Levitt H 2015

The movie, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the NSA leaker, hits theaters on Christmas Day.

The first teaser trailer for Oliver Stone's Snowden has arrived.

While the preview doesn't feature any footage from the movie, it does offer indications of Stone's approach to the story.

With a chilling rendition of "This Little Light of Mine" playing, the trailer summarizes key points from Snowden's life in white text on a black background: "Army recruit at 20 … joined CIA at 22 … NSA contractor at 26 … by age 29, the most wanted man in the world."

That is intercut with close-ups of an American flag, which later is revealed to be upside down.

The song gives way to what sounds like someone ferociously pounding on a door. The following text also appears on the flag: "One nation, under surveillance, for liberty and justice for all."

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is playing Edward Snowden in the film, with Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson rounding out the cast. Woodley plays Snowden's girlfriend, while Quinto plays journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Stone directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Kieran Fitzgerald (The Homesman), basing it on two books, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man, by journalist Luke Harding; and the novel Time of the Octopus, by Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena.

The film is being produced by Stone's longtime partner, Moritz Borman, as well as Eric Kopeloff and Philip Schulz-Deyle.

Harding's book deals with reports based on Snowden's disclosures in The Guardian, while Kucherena's fictional story focuses on an American whistleblower who, after being threatened by his government and waiting for a decision on his request for Russian asylum, spends weeks at the Moscow airport.

Open Road is set to release Snowden in theaters on Dec. 25.