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Edward Snowden to Guest Star in Off-Broadway Daniel Radcliffe Play 'Privacy'

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American whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen on a screen as he delivers a speech during the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark, June 28 2016. Scanpix Denmark/Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen /via REUTERS   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY.DENMARK OUT.NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK
American whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen on a screen as he delivers a speech during the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark, June 28 2016. Scanpix Denmark/Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen /via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY.DENMARK OUT.NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARKScanpix Denmark via Reuters

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Edward Snowden can add Off-Broadway actor to his resume.

The ex-National Security Agency contractor — who has been exiled in Russia for three years — is appearing via video in the Daniel Radcliffe play, "Privacy," which begins previews Saturday at the Public Theater, The New York Times first reported.

The creators of the play have been hoping to get Snowden involved since he first shot to international infamy in 2013 after leaking classified data about U.S. surveillance programs.

The fugitive whistleblower has been living in Moscow since June 2013, avoiding prosecution. But he continues to stay in the public eye, tweeting about civil liberty issues and appearing at festivals and conferences as a roving robotic screen — or "Snowbot."

"Privacy" was first staged in London in 2014 and examines the modern world's surveillance culture and its impact on personal freedoms. Radcliffe plays a young man known as the Writer, a character loosely based on the play's co-creator, James Graham.

Related: Snowden: I've Offered to Go to Prison in U.S. 'Many Times'

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It took time for the creators of "Privacy" to reach Snowden. But once they got him on board last week, they began helping him act out his scene, which The Times says comes at a pivotal moment in the play.

Snowden's performance has since been recorded, so audiences in the theater will be watching Radcliffe live as he "talks" with him in a one-minute exchange.

Snowden's attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union told The Times that he chose to do the play because he likes the idea of making abstract concepts "more concrete for people who might not read NSA documents at their computers."

"Privacy," which officially opens July 18, also stars "Saturday Night Live" alum Rachel Dratch.

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