The first trailer for Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden biopic “Snowden” was released online Tuesday.
The teaser offers very little in the way of substance. Instead, we get dramatic music, varied shots of a weathered American flag hovering upside down, and a very brief synopsis of the NSA whistleblower’s career. There’s no sighting of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Snowden, or Shailene Woodley, who plays Snowden’s girlfriend Lindsay Mills. The trailer ends with Stone providing his own edited version of the “Star Spangled Banner,” which reads:
“One Nation/Under Surveillance/For Liberty/And Justice for All.”
When it debuts on Christmas, “Snowden” will be the first fictional account of Snowden’s life and eventual rise from NSA contractor to famed whistleblower and world fugitive to hit theaters.
Last year, Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” claimed the Oscar for Best Documentary. The riveting story followed Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald to Hong Kong, where they first met Snowden two years ago.