‘The Post’ Update: Steven Spielberg to Direct Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep in a Film About 1971 Pentagon Papers

By Jonathan Carter on Mar 07, 2017 09:00 AM EST

Steven Spielberg just said yes to direct a film that will be composed of a star-studded cast. The critically acclaimed director will be working with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep for the movie "The Post."

"The Post" will be about the controversial publication of the 1971 Pentagon Papers, Variety reported. The film is said to be timely with the emergence of fake news today. Here, people will see how the press will play an important role to keep the government honest to its nation.

Tom Hanks will play the role of the publication's editor Ben Bradlee in "The Post." Meryl Streep, on the other hand, will portray as the publisher Kay Graham. To recall, the Pentagon Papers became a hot topic before the article even got published.

In "The Post," Ben Bradlee and Kay Graham stood against the federal government for their right to publish the Pentagon Papers for the public. The article was considered to be the whistleblower that can be compared to World War II, according to Deadline.

"The Post" will feature the confidential report of the Vietnam War being funded by the Defense Department. Here, the untold story of the unbelievable increase of the troops and bombings attacking the country will be revealed.

Moreover, the military analyst Daniel Ellsberg believed that the publication of the 1971 Pentagon Papers in "The Post" should be grasped to "set future policy." He, too, deemed that the classified study should be leaked to the New York Times.

The New York Times has published an article that first mocked the Johnson administration for lying about the Vietnam War to the public and to the Congress. Meanwhile, "The Post" spec script by Liz Hannah was bought by Amy Pascal's Pascal Pictures last fall.

Aside from Steven Spielberg, "The Post" will also be produced by Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Rachel O'Connor and Star Thrower Entertainment's Tim and Trevor White and Adam Somner will be the executive producers.
 

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