To be filed under this week's most interesting casting rumors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is reportedly eyeing the role of CIA leaker and fugitive Edward Snowden, who fled to Russia after revealing classified, disturbing information about the NSA's global surveillance tactics to the press.
According to Deadline, Gordon-Levitt is circling the role of Snowden at the same time as Oliver Stone circles the rights to this story, which would make this movie -- if it happens -- a serious pile of star power.
The film would be likely based on one or more Snowden-related books which Hollywood has been eyeing, including "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man" by Luke Harding, and "Time of the Octopus," a novel by Snowden lawyer Anatoly Kucherena.
Gordon-Levitt seems to be making a trend of playing notorious little guys who make big trouble, both fictional and non-. While making the rounds to promote his a gunslinging role in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," the actor was also wrapping up filming for "The Walk," in which he plays aerialist Philippe Petit -- also known as the Man on Wire who walked on a tightrope between the two World Trade towers in New York in 1974.
If the Snowden biopic gets a green light, we could be seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt sporting the whistleblower's signature spectacles on set as early as December.