Yesterday was the first day of shooting for Oliver Stone’s new film SNOWDEN. To celebrate Joseph Gordon-Levitt posted these two photos on his Facebook page.
The pictures caption:
“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!””
To show just how much fun they are having on set Gordon-Levitt’s caption on this one:
“Oliver Stone’s first selfie. This is gonna be Oliver’s twentieth film, and I feel so sincerely privileged that he asked me to play this part.”
It should come as a surprise to no-one that Stone would eventually take on this story, he has become the king of taking on controversial subjects and the legendary filmmaker is a master at it. Stone is a visionary in the world of film and it is clear Gordon-Levitt is as big of a fan as the rest of us.
It only seems fitting that just after CITIZENFOUR was awarded it’s Oscar, that production was getting started on SNOWDEN, Stone’s fictionalized take on the NSA whistleblower’s tale. Joining Gordon-Levitt in the film are Shailene Woodley as Snowden’s girlfriend Lindsay Mills; Melissa Leo as CITIZENFOUR director Laura Poitras; Zachary Quinto as journalist Glenn Greenwald; Tom Wilkinson as political reporter Ewen MacAskill; Timothy Olyphant as a CIA agent who befriends Snowden; and Nicolas Cage as a former intelligence official. SNOWDEN is currently shooting in Munich, before moving to locations around the world. Open Road Films will release “SNOWDEN” in the U.S. on December 25, 2015.