Well, another potential 2015 Academy Award contender has been pushed to next year, and a Christmas Day release as well. Reports have Oliver Stone‘s high profile biopic Snowden, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role, being bumped to 2016. The official reason is that Stone hasn’t finished the film yet, but I think there are two other factors at play. One is that Gordon-Levitt could be busy with Oscar campaigning for his other contender The Walk and might not be able to do double duty, but that’s the smaller reason to me. The other is that this is an Open Road release and they have the potentially huge player Spotlight to handle now. Perhaps the smaller distributor wasn’t expecting that one to necessitate quite as extensive (and expensive) a push as it’s now likely to get? I’m just speculating, but depending on when next year Stone’s movie hits, it could tell us something. As it stands now, Snowden, which also stars Shailene Woodley in a major role, as well as the likes of Nicolas Cage, Scott Eastwood, Rhys Ifans, Melissa Leo, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto, Joely Richardson, Keith Stanfield, and Tom Wilkinson, is just now an undetermined 2016 release.
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