You know it’s coming.
The moment you saw The Guardian‘s riveting video interview (below) with the 29-year-old kinda-hot globe-trotting NSA leaker, you knew: Sooner or later, there is going to be a movie about Edward Snowden.
It might be in theaters. It might be on HBO. It could be a Silkwood-like tragedy or an All the Presidents Men-style procedural drama. But there will be something. Because everything about this story, so far, is Hollywood-bait. There’s a timely controversial issue (digital privacy), real-life spy on the run, high-tech snooping and that classic based-on-a-true-story trope: One man — allegedly an idealist — battling the system.
Most of all, there’s Snowden himself — Hero? Traitor? Or just, as Snowden says, ‘an American’? Take any side you like, but there’s no denying Snowden has been a surprisingly articulate spokesperson for his own cause and has generated a flurry of “Team Edward” online admirers. Plus, how many real-life whistleblowers ditch a hot pole-dancing girlfriend?
So let’s cast this as-yet-nonexistent movie. Here’s some names we thought of: Daniel Radcliffe, Aaron Paul, Ryan Gosling, Tobey Maguire, Alexander Skarsgard, Jamie Bell, Eric Balfour, Elijah Wood, Josh Radnor and Justin Timberlake. Also, we should add Shia LaBeouf, since he apparently already revealed this surveillance program years ago. (One request to producers: Let Jesse Eisenberg sit this one out, okay?)
Watch The Guardian‘s interview with Snowden: