Whistleblower Snowden gets big screen treatment

The trailer for Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ was released on Wednesday.

FILE: Whistleblower Edward Snowden. Picture: AFP.

HOLLYWOOD - The story of National Security Agency contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden captivated the US in 2013 and now Snowden is getting the Hollywood treatment, as the trailer for Oliver Stone's Snowden was released on Wednesday.

Snowden is played by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and is seen going from military training to joining the CIA before uncovering the NSA's extent of spying on the American public and handing the information over to journalists.

The film is due in theaters on 16 September.

Snowden, 32, whose supporters say he boldly exposed government infringements of privacy, fled the United States in May 2013 and now lives in Russia where he was granted asylum.

The US government filed espionage charges against him for leaking intelligence information.

WATCH: The trailer for the new Oliver Stone movie 'Snowden'