With “Justified” currently winding down its run with a sixth and final season, leading man Timothy Olyphant is looking towards the silver screen. According to Deadline, the star has just signed on to join the ensemble cast of Oliver Stone’s still-untitled Edward Snowden film opposite the previously-attached Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper, 50/50), Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars), Melissa Leo (Prisoners, Flight), Tom Wilkinson (The Lone Ranger, Selma) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Margin Call).
Written and directed by three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone (Platoon, JFK), the script is based on the books “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” by Luke Harding and “Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena. The latter book mainly deals with former information analyst Snowden’s time in Russia hoping to get asylum while the United States was demanding his extradition to potentially face jail time for leaking classified information.
Olyphant, who recently appeared in Shawn Levy’s This is Where I Leave You, is said to be playing a CIA Agent who befriended Snowden before Snowden fled the United States.
The film is being produced by Moritz Borman and Eric Kopeloff, with production scheduled to kicking off in Munich.
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