Steven Spielberg to Direct 1971 Newspaper-Based Film Starring Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep

7 March 2017, 8:10 am EST By Coco Dollanganger Mobile & Apps
Steven Spielberg is producing and directing the Pentagon Papers-based film titled "The Post," which will be starred by two veteran actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.  ( Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Turner )

Steven Spielberg is considered as one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era and it appears that veteran director is about to set off yet another interesting film that will be starred by one of the veteran actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The film is said to be based on the Washington Post's publication of the 1971 Pentagon Papers.

Variety reports that the film titled "The Post" will be co-financed by Fox and Amblin Entertainment from which Amblin will handle the international distribution and Fox will do the domestic with its output deals with eOne, Universal, Reliance and more. Last fall, Pascal Pictures also bought the spec by Liz Hannah with Pascal to produce alongside Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger with executive producers Rachel O'Connor, Star Thrower Entertainment's Tim and Trevor White and Adam Somner.

According to GameSpot, the film will be centered on the Pentagon Papers, which described the political and military efforts of the United States during the Vietnam War. The newspaper has had a hard time dealing with the U.S. government over the documents' publication but eventually released to the public in 2011.

Tom Hanks is set to play as "The Post" editor Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep to play the role of Kay Graham, who had also worked for the publication and was a key player in their fight with the federal government to publish the papers. Both actors are repped by CAA with their critically acclaimed roles - Hanks earning positive praises for "Sully" and Streep for receiving her 20th Oscar nomination for "Florence Foster Jenkins."

Steven Spielberg is currently directing the Warner Bros. virtual reality-focused movie "Ready Player One" and also producing "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara" starring Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac. Moreover, Spielberg is also reportedly to be working on a "Halo" TV series but there have been no news about it since.

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