Saturday, 11 March 2017

Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep team up for The Post

While having top class filmmaking talent attached is no guarantee of a project's actual quality, the idea of Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks (Bridge Of Spies) and Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) teaming up for a movie surely has the Academy already preparing their Oscars. News arrives via Deadline that the trio will work on true life publishers versus politicians drama The Post.

Producer Amy Pascal (Ghostbusters) nabbed Liz Hannah's script last year and has been lining up Spielberg, Hanks and Streep, locking down deals to secure their services. If it all comes together, Hanks will play real life Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee with Streep as the paper's publisher Kay Graham.

With 20th Century Fox and Amblin Entertainment joining forces to fund the drama, the story will follow the role the paper played in exposing the Pentagon Papers, unreported facts about a secret aim to escalate the Vietnam War. Fighting the government (including the Nixon administration) for the right to report on the contents of the studies in the papers, the Post won a legal challenge in the Supreme Court. So, just a little bit topical given today's political climate in the US...

This would mark the fifth pairing of Hanks and the director, and Streep has form with him too, having voiced the Blue Mecha fairy in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). More recently, she recorded the narration for Five Came Back, the documentary about filmmakers sent to make propaganda movies during World War II that Spielberg is executive producing and contributing to.

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