Steven Spielberg to direct Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in The Post

Katie RamirezMar 09, 2017

Multiple Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep will appear together on the big screen for the first time in Steven Spielberg's The Post, a film about the Pentagon Papers scandal.

Titled The Post, the film will tell the story of Ben Bradlee and Kay Graham, two Washington Post workers who fought to publish revelations on the Vietnam war.

The documents showed that President Lyndon Johnson had "systematically lied" to the American public and to Congress about involvement in Vietnam, and showed that the U.S. military had expanded the war outside the borders of Vietnam into neighboring Laos and Cambodia. Fox will handle domestic distribution; worldwide will be Amblin, through its output deals with Universal, eOne, Reliance and others.

Steven will direct from a script written by Liz Hannah and also serve as producer.

Hanks and Spielberg have previously collaborated on projects like Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal and Bridge of Spies, while the director utilized Streep's voice in A.I. Streep, coming off an Oscar nom for Florence Foster Jenkins, would play Graham.

Beginning on June 13, 1971, the Times published a series of daily articles based on the information contained in the Pentagon Papers. The study, which revealed unreported details about an escalation of troops and bombings in what looked to be an unwinnable war, was leaked to the New York Times by military analyst Daniel Ellsberg. Between the three of them, they've won nine Academy Awards.

CAA reps Spielberg, Hanks and Streep and is helping to put all this together.

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