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Who Should Play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone's Upcoming Movie? (POLL)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 2, 2014 at 1:53PM

It seems like a perfect match. Leftist filmmaker Oliver Stone--long the target of the right for his strong political views --is partnering with his long-time producer Moritz Borman on a movie based on journalist Luke Harding's “The Snowden Files, The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man." Vote in our Edward Snowden casting poll.
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It seems like a perfect match. Leftist filmmaker Oliver Stone--long the target of the right for his strong political views --is partnering with his long-time producer Moritz Borman on a movie based on journalist Luke Harding's “The Snowden Files, The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man," reports Variety. 

Stone and Borman snagged the rights; Stone will write and direct the story surrounding Snowden's leaks to London newspaper The Guardian, while Borman lines up European financing with a late-year start-date in mind.

Hopefully Stone will be able to wring a taut suspense story out of this book, which the New York Times described as “a fast-paced, almost novelistic narrative that is part bildungsroman and part cinematic thriller.” DreamWorks' WikiLeaks movie "The Fifth Estate," on the other hand, which focused on leaks by Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) of highly classified documents to The Guardian, failed to achieve liftoff at the box office.

Who should play the 29-year-old globetrotting NSA leaker? 

Who should play Edward Snowden?
  
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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.