Nov 08, 2017 11:41 AM EST By Manthan Chheda

Watch: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep In Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' Trailer

The first trailer for Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' arrived on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The film, which stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, is a true story that revolves around a Washington Post editor and publisher's attempt to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets.

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The first trailer for 20th Century Fox's The Post arrived on Tuesday, Nov. 7, and the timing couldn't have been perfect!

The ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal, exposed by the New York Times, the recent Disney vs. Los Angeles Times saga, and the current relationship between the Trump administration and the press makes the timing ideal for moviegoers to be introduced to The Post.

The upcoming film, directed by Steven Spielberg, stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in the lead and marks the first time all three Oscar-winners will be working together on a project.

As previously reported, The Post follows the true story of the Washington Post's legal battle to publish classified information about the Vietnam War and expose a government cover-up that spanned three decades and four U.S. presidencies.

Hanks takes on the role of Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and Streep plays Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, as they try to overcome their differences and risk their careers to publish the Pentagon Papers amid intense pressure from the government.

"In 1971, a man named Daniel Ellsberg leaked a classified Defense Department report revealing that the previous three administrations had secretly expanded the war in Vietnam, then knowingly lied to the American people, which today is astonishing," said Stephen Colbert before debuting the trailer on the Late Show on Tuesday. "Just imagine having a president that knows he's lying."

The Post also features some big names in the supporting cast including Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood and Zach Woods, who plays Daniel Ellsberg, the military whistleblower who was charged with conspiracy and espionage for leaking the documents.

Spielberg directed the film based on a script authored by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. The filmmaker also served as the film's producer alongside Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger.

The film is slated to open in select theaters on Dec. 22, before a nationwide release on Jan. 12, 2018. Three months later, Spielberg's film adaptation of Ernest Cline's virtual reality novel, Ready Player One, hits theaters.

The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn and was originally set for release next month, but was postponed to March 2018 in order to avoid clashing with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The director is also planning to helm the historical drama, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, with Mark Rylance, and a fifth Indiana Jones movie, scheduled for release in 2020.

Check out the The Post's first trailer below:

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