Shailene Woodley Joins Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s Snowden Biopic

November 14, 2014 | Posted By In Casting, Featured | 3769 Views


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Shailene Woodley has been picky about what role to take to transition out of playing teenage roles, and it looks like she’s found the one. THR reports the “Divergent” actress has signed on to play the female lead in Oliver Stone’s untitled biopic about NSA leaker Edward Snowden, a role that will be played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the film.

The film is based on Luke Harding’s book “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” and Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena’s upcoming novel “Time of the Octopus.” The story will follow Snowden as he moves from Hawaii to Hong Kong before landing in Russia and being granted asylum, all the while dodging extradition back to the US for leaking classified documents. Woodley will play Snowden’s girlfriend. Filming begins in January.

Woodley played the lead on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” for five years before blowing up on the big screen as George Clooney’s daughter in “The Descendants.” She’s since been impressing in roles including “The Spectacular Now” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” and she has wrapped up “Divergent” sequel “Insurgent.”


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