Liam Hemsworth To Play Edward Snowden? Director Phillip Noyce Wants To Cast Actor In Movie On NSA Whistle-Blower

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July 3, 2013 8:17 AM EST

Director Phillip Noyce may be bringing the story of Edward Snowden to the big screen, the National Security Agency contractor and CIA employee who leaked sensitive information about the U.S. data-gathering PRISM program.
The "Salt" and "Patriot Games" director said Snowden's tale intrigues him since it is "a movie that's playing out before our eyes, even though we can't see anything" reports Digital Spy. 
Snowden is currently in Moscow, Russia seeking asylum. According to, he has requested asylum from 21 countries with three so far denying his requests -- Brazil, India and Poland. Another 11 countries have told the whistle-blower that he must show up at one of their embassies or one their borders for them to be able to consider his request. 
"We can't see the hero or the villain - the central character," Noyce said to NBC News. "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. And we may not be certain until the end of the movie or even beyond that.
"That's a beautiful duality to deal with when you're making a story or watching a movie. You can speculate he's motivated by complete unselfish motives through belief in protecting worldwide public interests. Or you can speculate he was himself a victim of knowing that notoriety might bring him immortality."
Noyce also shared that he would be interested in casting Liam Hemsworth of "The Hunger Games" as Snowden in the film. 
"He's perfectly positioned as a rising star," the Australian filmmaker said. "I think he'll probably be one of the great ones. His older brother, Chris, could also play him but Liam looks more like an everyman. I think he'd be perfect."
Noyce has already formed some for the film's storyline, saying that it would begin with The Guardian revealing that Snowden was the leaker and would also feature an appearance from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. 
"We'd have this wonderful Harold Lloyd comedy sequence which is the best part of the movie - the chase," he said. "In this case, it's a chase that's both funny and serious. 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." Snowden actually turned 30 on June 21.

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