The upcoming biographical film Snowden, centring around the infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden who leaked confidential information and classified documents about global surveillance programs run by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013, has received a new release date. Originally scheduled to premiere on December 25, 2015, the film was delayed into 2016 last month and will now debut on May 13, 2016.
The film, directed by three time Academy Award winner Oliver Stone (Platoon, Wall Street), will now go up against blockbusters like Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass as well as Paramount Picture’s upcoming Friday the 13th reboot, the Angry Birds film adaptation and comedy sequel Neighbors 2. This move also pushes Snowden out of Oscar season, the traditional fourth quarter release window in which obvious Oscar contenders usually release so as to score as much hype as possible as close to voting time as they can.
The film stars two time Golden Globe nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) as the eponymous whistleblower along with Golden Globe nominee Shailene Woodley (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars), Scott Eastwood (Gran Torino, Texas Chainsaw 3D), Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Wayward Pines), Primetime Emmy Award nominee Timothy Olyphant (Justified, The Crazies), Primetime Emmy Award nominee Zachary Quinto (Star Trek: Into Darkness, American Horror Story: Asylum), two time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, In the Bedroom), Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation.), Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, The Purge: Anarchy), BAFTA Film Award nominee Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, Not Only But Always), two time Golden Globe nominee Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck, The Day of the Triffids) and Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief, Pride).