The film is based on Guardian journalist Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man and Snowden’s Russian Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena’s novel Time of the Octopus.
Harding’s nonfiction book follows Snowden’s moves from Hawaii to Hong Kong, where he released top-secret NSA documents to both documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald, and then to Moscow, where he sought asylum. Kucherena’s work more clearly details Snowden’s wait for asylum inside the Moscow airport.
Eastwood, son of actor/producer Clint Eastwood, has had previous roles in Gran Torino and Flags Of Our Fathers. He will appear in his first starring role in the upcoming Nicolas Sparks adaptation, The Longest Ride, and in the indie western Diablo.
Olivia Diaz | Film Journalist