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Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Casting News

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | February 24, 2015 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | February 24, 2015 |

So over the weekend, there were those Oscar things. Other than the controversial triumph of gingers and werepoultry, there was also the documentary win of Citizenfour, which hits on the entire Snowden affair. Well, not to be outdone by mere facts, Oliver Stone has naturally decided to weigh in on the matter, with a film entitled Snowden.

Stone’s made some great films to be sure, pretty much entirely before I even hit puberty. But every time he latches on to telling a half-mythical biography, it’s just bad. JFK, Nixon, W, ugh. I find the mining of fact in order to cherry pick out a fictional narrative to be offensive, and the fact that he wraps it in a justification that he’s creating myths to counter existing myths, well, I just find that an excuse to strip-mine real people and events freed of the constraints of even the spirit of truth. Stone is to biography what Peter Jackson is to fantasy. Your mileage may vary, Stone of course has a shelf full of awards from people who completely disagree with me.

So for him to take on the Snowden affair? I think I’ll stick with Citizenfour.

He has assembled a hell of a cast of course: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant.

For whatever faults I see in him as a filmmaker, the man has Terence Malick’s aptitude for having incredible actors flock to his banner. But it’s the latest casting news that broke me.

Nicolas Cage.





And just for posterity, every Nic Cage laugh ever in one supercut:

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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