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Haunting First 'Snowden' Trailer Released

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    So tell us how you really feel, Oliver Stone.

    The sometime conspiracy theorist and master at shining a light on government hypocrisy, tragic irony and media manipulation is the director behind "Snowden," about former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on the NSA's wiretapping program and has not been back to the United States since.

    Though the first teaser for the upcoming big-screen drama is just written words, a flag and music, the vibe is clear. Those who think Snowden was a traitor may not be first in line to see this film, but those who think he's the epitome of a great patriot will probably be on board with Stone's vision.

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    Set to a haunting rendition of "This Little Light of Mine," the camera zooms in and pans across an American flag, the very fibers visible, slightly dirty and quite possibly fraying as written captions–culminating in "at 29 the most wanted man in the world"–flash on screen.

    "One Nation Under Surveillance for Liberty and Justice for All" reads the equally creepy tagline.

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the wanted man in question and Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans and Nicolas Cage round out the all-star cast. The script, written by Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald, is based on the books "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man," by Luke Harding, and Anatoly Kucherena's "Time of the Octopus."

    Snowden hits theaters on Dec. 25.

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