Just a few days after Joseph Gordon-Levitt was confirmed to play Edward Snowden in director Oliver Stone's "The Snowden Files" (a role he'd been circling since September), a new name has entered the casting ring: Shailene Woodley.
Stone – who adapted the film's screenplay from author Luke Harding’s "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man" and "Time of the Octopus" by novelist Anatoly Kucherena – is in negotiations with Woodley to play the part of Snowden's girlfriend Lindsay Mills, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is set to begin shooting in January – which means Woodley will switch gears from embodying the dancer who recently moved to Moscow to live with the NSA whistleblower to filling the formidable shoes of Tris Prior to promote the March release of "Insurgent."
Woodley had a stellar 2014 in the YA camp with both "Divergent" and "The Fault in Our Stars," so it's understandable that she's been cautious with her next big-screen move – working with Stone and Gordon-Levitt on such serious and timely material would be a major departure from her recent fare, and it'd also remind people that she burst onto the scene in a Golden Globe-nominated role opposite George Clooney. Woodley has chops, and we give her credit for assuring her choices reflect that fact.
A bespectacled Gordon-Levitt in the lead ensures our ticket purchase, but Woodley's addition would would put us over the edge. This film is officially on our radars!