Legendary acting pair Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep have teamed up with master director Steven Spielberg in order to produce Amblin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox’s The Post. Streep comes into the project following an Oscar nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins.
If something ever screamed Oscar-bait, this is it.
With Spielberg at the helm, Streep and Hanks are set to portray The Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee and Publisher Kay Graham respectively, as they fight against the dogmatic Truman administration in an attempt to publish the infamous 1971 Pentagon Papers- the documents which exposed the American atrocities committed in Vietnam.
The story will be adapted from Liz Hannah’s script, which was purchased last year by Amy Pascal and Pascal Pictures. The Post also marks the fifth collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who have already worked together on cult classics such as Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, and most recently (but certainly not a cult classic) Bridge of Spies released in 2015.
On the other hand, The Post will only be the second time Streep and Spielberg have actually collaborated, the first since AI: Artificial Intelligence– when Streep voiced The Blue Fairy in a cameo role. This is perhaps surprising considering the length of both of their careers.
Between the three of them, they boast nine academy awards, and a further fourty one nominations. If any film was almost guaranteed an Oscar, it is this one.
The Post will be released in late 2018. Check out some more information on the film below: