Joseph Gordon-Levitt to portray Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone film The ‘Don Jon’ actor will play the lead role in the Oscar-winning director’s film about the NSA whisteblower, the film’s producers announced Monday. BY Kirthana Ramisetti NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 2:49 PM Invision/AP/AFP/Getty Images Joseph Gordon-Levitt (l.) will portray Edward Snowden in a film directed by Oliver Stone. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play one of the most polarizing figures in recent history. The “Don Jon” actor has been tapped to play Edward Snowden in an Oliver Stone movie about the infamous NSA whistle-blower, the film’s producers confirmed to The Guardian on Monday. Gordon-Levitt, 33, was reportedly the “Platoon” director’s first choice for the role. The film will be was based on two books: “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” by Luke Harding and “Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena. The movie, which does not yet have a title, will chronicle Snowden’s saga as a National Security Agency whistle-blower. In 2013, he leaked classified proof that the U.S. government had been spying on its own people. After fleeing the United States, Snowden was granted asylum in Russia, where the 31-year-old still lives today. The film is scheduled to start production in Munich in January, according to Open Road Films and financing company Endgame Entertainment. “This is one of the greatest stories of our time," the 67-year-old director said in June after signing on to direct the film.