Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Snowden

Courtesy of Open Road Films

Edward Snowden didn't leak this picture.

On Monday, Open Road Films released a promotional photo of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley in director Oliver Stone's highly anticipated biopic, Snowden, via its social media accounts.

The first look at the pair together shows Gordon-Levitt, who plays Edward Snowden, and Woodley, who plays the whistleblower's girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, walking near the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Stone's thriller tells the story of Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who leaked sensitive documents that revealed U.S. government surveillance information.

Gordon-Levitt also tweeted a photo with his co-star Tuesday, writing, "Shailene and I are shooting in front of the White House today! #Snowden."

Last month, the studio released the first promotional still of Gordon-Levitt dressed in army gear.

"This is gonna be Oliver's twentieth film," Gordon-Levitt tweeted at the time. "And I feel so sincerely privileged that he asked me to play this part."

Stone is a three-time Academy Award winner as well as a military veteran. He is best known for directing Born on the Fourth of July, Platoon and Midnight Express.

Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley


Last month, while promoting Insurgent, Woodley called Snowden "a hero."

"I define a hero as somebody, who against the judgment of other people, if they believe something will positively impact the world and they choose to do it and honor their integrity, that's what I sort of consider a hero, no matter how big or mall a feat they create," the actress told E! News. "And in that light, absolutely I think that Edward Snowden is a hero."

Woodley hasn't been able to meet Snowden, but she'd like the chance.

What would she tell him?

"'You are the epitome of the word selfless. You did something knowing you wouldn't be able to come home, knowing that your country would have very mixed feelings and yet your integrity on what you believe was right or wrong or should be public knowledge was more important to you than almost your own comfortability and the life that you had lived for so long.' So I would like to say thank you to him."

Snowden, who was profiled in Laura Poitras' Academy Award-winning documentary Citizenfour, has been living in Moscow since seeking asylum there in 2013 after facing espionage charges in the U.S. He has been interviewed many times, most recently during the Apr. 5 episode of HBO's Last Week Tonight.

​Stone's Snowden is slated for release on Dec. 25.

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