Comic-Con 2016 is in full swing today, following last night’s preview night screenings. One of the biggest panels in Hall H on this first day of the con let out just a few hours ago, with fans getting a new look at the highly-anticipated true story adaptation Snowden. Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Zachary Quinto were joined by director Oliver Stone, making his first ever appearance at SDCC. The stars and director revealed the new trailer to the 7,000 fans in Hall H, and now we have the trailer to share with you right here, in case you couldn’t make the trek to San Diego.
Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.
Deadline reports that, during the Hall H panel, Oliver Stone was asked about the new Pokemon Go phenomenon, which many have criticized for the app’s invasive methods. The director didn’t pull any punches when asked what he thought about the game, which he called a method of “surveillance capitalism.” Here’s what he had to say below.
“It’s not funny. [It’s] a new level of invasion. You’ll see a new form of frankly a robot society. It’s what they call totalitarianism.”
The script, which Oliver Stone co-wrote with Kieran Fitzgerald, is based on the books The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. The latter book mainly deals with former information analyst Snowden‘s time in Russia hoping to get asylum while the United States was demanding his extradition to potentially face jail time for leaking classified information. Edward Snowden‘s story was previously told in the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour.
Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage, Zachary Quinto, Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood and Joely Richardson round out the supporting cast for this highly-anticipated drama, which could be a contender for the Best Picture Oscar race. The movie was originally slated for release on Christmas Day 2015, but it was later pushed to May 13, 2016 and then to its current date September 16, 2016, where it will go up against Bridget Jones’ Baby and The Woods. Take a look at the new trailer below, and stay tuned for more on Snowden.