07Mar,17

Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg teaming up for Pentagon Papers movie

This film is taking star-studded collaborations to a whole new level.

Award-winning actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are teaming up with decorated director Steven Spielberg for a movie about the Washington Post publishing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, Deadline reported.

The movie, titled “The Post,” is expected to star Hanks as the newspaper’s executive editor Ben Bradlee, with Streep portraying the Post’s publisher Katharine Graham.

The drama will center on the newspaper’s legal battle to publish the Pentagon Papers, a classified government study examining the United States’ political and military presence in Vietnam between 1945 and 1967.

It’s the fifth time Hanks, 60, is collaborating with Spielberg, with the duo previously pairing up for hit movies “Saving Private Ryan,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Bridge of Spies” and “The Terminal.”

Streep, meanwhile, provided the voice of a blue fairy in Spielberg’s 2001 sci-fi drama “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” and will narrate the upcoming Netflix documentary “Five Came Back,” which Spielberg is executive producing.

“The Post” marks the first time Bradlee will be portrayed in a high-profile film since the 1976 classic “All the President’s Men,” which centers on Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s investigation of the Nixon administration’s Watergate scandal.
“All the President’s Men,” which was nominated for Best Picture at the 1976 Academy Awards but lost to “Rocky,” starred Robert Redford as Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Bernstein, and Jason Robards won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Bradlee.

Another film about stellar hard-hitting journalism, “Spotlight,” won Best Picture at the award show in 2016. That movie focused on the Boston Globes’ investigation of widespread child sexual abuse scandals by Catholic priests in and around Boston in the early 2000s.

Hanks is coming off a celebrated performance as Miracle on the Hudson pilot Chesley Sullenberger in “Sully,” while Streep received an Oscar nomination at last month’s show for her starring role in “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

Hanks, Streep and Spielberg boast a combined 9 Oscars between them. Spielberg has four, Streep has three and Hanks has two.