Edward Snowden is headed to U.S. theaters two days before Joseph Gordon-Levitt will portray him in “Snowden,” which hits theaters Sept. 16. Snowden will appear via satellite from Moscow for “Snowden Live,” a Fathom Events/Open Road production that will also feature “Snowden” director/writer Oliver Stone.
The event will occur in 700 theaters nationwide Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT (with a tape delay for Mountain time zone). Attendees will also be able to see the Oliver Stone film before it officially opens in theaters two days later.
Back in June, Stone spilled the beans on his film, which he is touting as an “intellectual thriller.” The film follows Snowden, a former NSA employee who leaked thousands of classified documents to the press.
Speaking at Cannes Lions, Stone said of the film, “It’s a ten year story starting in the military and going to the point where he releases the stories. The [computer] screens were made realistically, his slides were incorporated as well as other slides from the NSA. Obviously it is a drama and we have to simplify and condense to some degree, but we feel we are in the ballpark and it’s very realistic.”
Stone says that Snowden himself consulted on the film, and even provided correct CIA and NSA procedures. “He gave us very good advice and sometimes very specific advice,” said Stone, adding that Snowden has given the final film his “thumbs up.”
Stone not only directed the film, but he co-wrote it alongside “The Homesman” scribe Kieran Fitzgerald.
The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Zachary Quinto. Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood and Timothy Olyphant also star.
The film is set for release on Sept. 16. It was originally scheduled to debut on Dec. 25, 2015 and then later on May 13 of this year before finally settling into the September date. It will also feature into the Toronto Film Festival Sept. 9.
Ticket information for “Snowden Live” can be found here.