Steven Spielberg to Direct The Post Starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep

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Although Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One won’t hit theatres for another year, he is already in the process of looking ahead to his next directorial effort. Last year it was looking like The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara would probably take precedence over the other projects he has in development (including Indiana Jones 5), but now it seems that another more timely movie might happen first. Spielberg has reportedly signed on to direct The Post, a movie about The Washington Post’s role in reporting on the Pentagon Papers, helping to expose the truth about the Vietnam War to the American public. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are also attached to star. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Deadline, Steven Spielberg will direct The Post for Pascal Pictures, based on a spec script written by first-time screenwriter Liz Hannah. Tom Hanks will play Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (who also instrumental in reporting on the Watergate scandal and was played by Jason Robards in All the President’s Men) while Meryl Streep will play publisher Kay Graham. The film will be co-financed by Fox and Amblin Entertainment and distributed by Fox in the U.S.

This will be the fifth collaboration between Spielberg and Hanks, who have a pretty solid track record together with films like Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and Bridge of Spies. It also sounds like this will probably be Spielberg’s next project and it’s easy to see why. The story is seemingly more relevant now than ever, not only in light of whistleblowers like Edward Snowden but also with journalism currently under attack by the Trump administration. Tom McCarthy’s own recent pro-journalism film Spotlight went over quite well and won last year’s Academy Award for Best Picture. Are you looking forward to The Post?

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