The film is now entitled “The Papers” and stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. It is the true story of the battle between Ben Bradlee and Kay Graham of the Washington Post and the federal government over the right to publish the so-named Pentagon Papers. The Pentagon Papers detailed the history of US military actions in Vietnam from 1945-1967. The papers were first published in the New York Times in 1971 and launched a series of lawsuits.
Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep have been attached since the announcement of the project late last year.
On Tuesday, the studio announced further casting information. It has become a virtual who’s who of recognizable actors including: Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Pat Healy, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.
“The Papers” will be Spielberg’s 53rd directing credit. Over the years he has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director six times, winning in 1993 for “Schindler’s List.” He also has nine Best Picture nominations as a producer. This is his fifth collaboration with Tom Hanks.
Liz Hannah wrote the screenplay and Spielberg, Amy Pascal, and Kristie Macosko Krieger are producing.
The film is being produced by Amblin Entertainment and Dreamworks. It is set for limited release on December 22.