LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Open Road has released a simple footage-free teaser trailer for Oliver Stone's Snowden six months ahead of its Christmas release date.
The one-minute teaser offers a recap of the career of whistleblower Edward Snowden: "Army recruit at 21; joined CIA at 22; NSA contractor at 25; By age 29, the most wanted man in the world."
The trailer concludes with an upside-down U.S. flag bearing the motto, "One nation, under surveillance, for liberty and justice for all."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the title role as Snowden, alongside Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Olyphant.
Snowden was charged in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Justice with two counts of violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property, and his passport was revoked a week later by the U.S. Department of State. He was granted temporary asylum by Russia last year.
Moritz Borman is producing with Eric Kopeloff and Philip Schulz-Deyle. Stone is directing from a script he co-wrote with Kieran Fitzgerald, based on Luke Harding's "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man" and "Time of the Octopus," by Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena.