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Director Oliver Stone has never been one to avoid tricky topics, and his next movie is no exception. Snowden, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, adds to a list of politically charged movies including Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, and JFK.

Joining Joseph are Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars), playing Snowden’s girlfriend Lindsay Mills; Nicolas Cage of Nicolas Cage fame, who plays a former US Intelligence official; Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) who plays journalist Glenn Greenwald; not to mention Notting Hill‘s Rhys Ifans doing his best serious CIA voice.

After multiple delays, the release of the movie’s trailer has finally confirmed its release date. Watch it here:

September 16 is of course slap bang in the middle of the so-called “awards season,” the time of year when studios like to release the movies they think are particularly awards-worthy. The studio behind Snowden is also the one behind this year’s Academy Award for Best Film Spotlight, so clearly they know what they’re doing.

We’ll have to wait until then to see if it packs the same punch. With such a controversial subject and with Stone in the director’s chair, however, it’ll be a must-see movie no matter what.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.