After taking a short period of time to decide on his follow-up to 2012's Lincoln, director Steven Spielberg has set his sights on a Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks to be released next year. It now seems like some of the cast is being filled out.
According to Variety, Amy Ryan (The Office), Alan Alda (M*A*S*H), Billy Magnussen (Boardwalk Empire) and Eve Hewson (The Knick) will star opposite Hanks in Spielberg's next film.
The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, whom Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U2 spy plane pilot who had been shot down over Russia two years earlier.
Ryan will play the Donovan's wife with the other cast members in disclosed roles as of now.
The film will start shooting in September in Berlin and New York with Fox and DreamWorks co-financing. The U.S. release has been set for October 16, 2015.
Joel and Ethan Coen have been writing the script for the project, revising Matt Charman's script. Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with Spielberg. Adam Somner and Daniel Lupi will exec produce.
The Cold War thriller will be Spielberg's first directing gig since Lincoln, which shot in late 2011. After this film, he will be moving on to an adaptation of author Roald Dahl's book, The B.F.G., which is planned to release in July 2016.