Shailene Woodley (“Divergent”) is in negotiations to play the female lead in Oliver Stone’s untitled drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) at Open Road Films.
The Stone-directed project is based on Luke Harding’s “The Snowden Files” and Anatoly Kucherena’s “Time of the Octopus,” and Woodley is poised to play the role of Snowden’s girlfriend in the film
Harding’s book traces Snowden’s move from Hawaii to Hong Kong where he handed over top-secret NSA documents to documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Kucherena’s book on the story is based on the Russian lawyer’s time with Snowden while he waited in limbo at the Moscow airport before the Russian government decided to grant him asylum.
Stone and Moritz Borman will produce. Preproduction is underway in Germany with filming to begin in January.