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Published On: Thu, Feb 19th, 2015

‘Justified’ star Timothy Olyphant set for ‘Edward Snowden’ film

Timothy Olyphant will go from deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens on the FX hit show series Justified to playing a CIA agent alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley in the feature film about Edward Snowden.

Director Oliver Stone is in preliminary development in Munich as Deadline reports that Olyphant is “negotiating and this is a strong next step for Olyphant after he recently told a group of reporters at TCA that he needed a job after the completion of the sixth and final season of the drama based on the Elmore Leonard-created character.”

The agent reportedly befriends Snowden before flee “to Russia seeking asylum after making public more classified documents than anyone since Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War.”

Stone and producing partner Moritz Borman is onboard with Eric Kopeloff. The story is mostly influenced by Time of the Octopus, a novel written by Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena.

Stone and Borman also bought the screen rights to The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World’s Most Wanted Man, a book by Guardian journalist Luke Harding that’s published by Guardian Faber.

Open Road Films and Endgame Entertainment are partnered on the U.S. release of the Snowden film.

Justified is indeed wrapping up with this sixth and final season. The finale is set for April 14,2015.

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