WATCH: Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ First Official Trailer

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A teaser trailer for Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” was released last year and no new footage had been seen since – until now. The first full-length trailer for the film about NSA leaker Edward Snowden was finally released this morning.

The trailer, which can be viewed below, starts off with footage of Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) training in the army, as well as his eventual discharge due to injuries. From there, he goes on to work on a secret project for the NSA where he learns that people’s private information is being searched. He’s heard saying, “The NSA is really tracking every cell phone in the world…There’s something going on inside the government that’s really wrong and I can’t ignore it.”

Snowden would go on to make public the information and data he came across. The trailer ends with him saying, “They’re going to come for me. They’re going to come for all of you, too.”

Stone not only directed the film, but he co-wrote it alongside “The Homesman” scribe Kieran Fitzgerald. The screenplay is based off of 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 Anatoly Kucherena.

The film stars Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson.

Following the release of the trailer, the real Edward Snowden tweeted the following:

For two minutes and thirty nine seconds, everybody at NSA just stopped working.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 27, 2016

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.


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Written by Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is a film and awards geek. When she's not writing about film and the industry, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels or hanging out with her husband and stinking-cute puppy. She's reported from the red carpets of Austin Film Festival, SXSW and various film premieres. Her work has appeared in several outlets, including Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly and more.

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