Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep to star in Steven Spielberg film 'The Post'

Steven Spielberg will direct The Post, a film about the Washington Post's 1971 publication of classified Defense Department documents about the Vietnam War known as the Pentagon Papers and the ensuing legal battle with the federal government over the newspaper's right to publish them, according to Deadline.

Hanks has collaborated with Spielberg on several other films, including Saving Private Ryan, while Streep worked with the director on A.I.

"The Post" centers around the roles of The Washington Post in publishing the papers, with Tom Hanks set to star as the Post's top editor, Ben Bradlee, alongside Meryl Streep as the paper's publisher, Kay Graham. Rachel O'Connor will be executive producer along with Star Thrower Entertainment's Tim and Trevor White, and Adam Somner.

Streep received her 20th Oscar nomination this year.

It comes at a busy time for Spielberg, who is also working on The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, starring Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac, and is in post-production for his next film, Ready Player One. The dynamic duo will soon be teaming up with ace film-maker Steven Spielberg on The Post - a drama on 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.

When the incumbent Nixon administration Attorney General John Mitchell and Nixon failed to get the paper to stop, they got a federal court injunction forcing the Times to cease after three installments.

"It could not be more relevant today to what's going on", she said.

Streep would play Graham, while Hanks would take on Bradlee.

  • Marlene Weaver