National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden’s story has captured the attention of one Hollywood director who believes Snowden’s story has the potential to make it to the big screen.
Phillip Noyce, known for both spy and thriller movies like “Salt” and “Patriot Games,” expressed to NBC News his fascination with Snowden’s supposed espionage – a real-life thriller of which he can’t get enough. Noyce has closely followed Snowden’s case and has envisioned a film version of the events, which he said would be a “suspenseful film with some comedic elements,” reports NBC.
"This is a movie that's playing out before our eyes ... Like my last big movie, 'Salt,' it's a story where you're not quite certain if you're dealing with a heroine or a villain," Noyce said. "We may not be certain until the end of the movie or even beyond that. That's a beautiful duality.”
Noyce has even thought up a possible leading man for Snowden’s role: “The Hunger Games” star, Liam Hemsworth.
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"He's perfectly positioned as a rising star," Noyce told NBC. "I think he'll probably be one of the great ones ... I think he'd be perfect."
Noyce's also described the opening scene for his imagined movie.
"In this case [the opening scene is] a chase that's both funny and serious," Noyce said. "It involves some of the highest officials in the world, and their different points of view while Mr. Snowden is holed up presumably at the Moscow Airport. That's a great sequence as world leaders argue over this 29 year old and the merits or otherwise of his actions."
Noyce said he would need more access to Snowden to understand his motivations.
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"In his own mind, he's obviously a hero,” Noyce said. “But what is truly motivating him? Does he want to be a 15-minute celebrity? Is it fame or fortune? Or does he truly want to sacrifice himself Christ-like for the rest of mankind? We don't know how this will end and the end might not come for another 50 years. We haven't even finished Act 1 yet."
Source: NBC News
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