— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) March 3, 2015
The first picture of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden has been revealed. The actor will play the former NSA employee who leaked countless classified documents to the press in an upcoming movie from director Oliver Stone.
Levitt tweeted a picture of himself as Snowden in unform during his army days with the caption, “First day of shooting on Oliver Stone’s “SNOWDEN.” PHOTO: http://on.fb.me/17NN2NH/”
He also posted it on his Facebook page saying:
“First day of shooting on Oliver Stone’s “SNOWDEN.”
“I was surprised when I first learned this about Snowden–that he enlisted in the US Army in 2004. He wanted to go fight in Iraq, but during basic training at Fort Benning, he broke both of his legs and received an administrative discharge. After that, he was still determined to serve his country (love him or hate him, you gotta admit the guy’s strong-willed) and so he ended up getting a job at the CIA, which is where his career in Intelligence began.
Today’s scenes felt like a really good way to start this shoot. It was hard, but of course, nowhere near as hard as real basic training. And me, I’m just honored and excited to be doing a soldier sequence with Oliver. I keep saying to myself: “fuck, this guy directed Platoon!”
Currently filming and due out this Christmas, “Snowden” will also star Nicolas Cage, Timothy Olyphant, Zachary Quinto and Melissa Leo.