Steven Spielberg To Direct ‘THE POST’ Starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep
Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and 20th Century FOX are teaming up for THE POST, a film about the Pentagon Papers controversy, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Spielberg will direct the timely story about the importance of a free press, which was written as a spec script by newcomer Liz Hannah.
The story follows the 1971 scandal after the decision of The Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) and publisher Katharine Graham (Streep) to publish The Pentagon Papers. Written and leaked by military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers established that the Johnson Administration had lied to the public and congress about US military involvement in the Vietnam War, and revealed that the Nixon administration had secretly escalated the war. The Nixon administration tried to stop TWP from publishing them, and Assistant U.S Attorney General William Rehnquist took the case to the Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the paper. The late Jason Robards won a 1974 Best Supporting Actor Oscar portraying a Watergate-era Bradlee in All the President’s Men.
This marks the fifth time Spielberg teams up with Hanks after Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal and Bridge of Spies. While Streep has never appeared onscreen in a Spielberg film, she did provide the voice of The Blue Fairy in 2001’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
Amy Pascal will produce with Spielberg, and Kristie Macosko Krieger, with Rachel O’Connor executive producing alongside Star Thrower Entertainment’s Tim and Trevor White, and Adam Somner.
Because of the story’s relevance to the current political climate, The Post is being fast-tracked as Spielberg’s next project. He currently has 2018’s sci-fi film adaption Ready Player One in post, and is also prepping The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara with Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac, as well as the fifth Indiana Jones movie for Disney, which has a July 19, 2019 release date.