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TCoen Brothers working on Steven Spielberg’s Cold War film starring Tom Hanks

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shutterstock_102612797_large_verge_medium_landscapeWell now, this project is shaping up to be about as A-list as it gets. Not only is Steven Spielberg‘s next movie likely to be a Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks in the lead role, it now has Joel Coen and Ethan Coen working on the screenplay that originally was written by Matt Charman. The Coen Brothers doing script work for The Beard? This was a high profile flick when it was just Hanks and Spielberg on board, but now…wow. This basically has Oscar bait written all over it. You can read more below, but something tells me this is a film that we’ll hear more about during a future awards season. Stay tuned…

Here’s the story from The Wrap:

Oscar winners Joel and Ethan Coen have boarded Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks to do some additional writing on the project, an individual with knowledge of the film told TheWrap.

Matt Charman wrote the script, which will find Hanks playing James Donovan, a prominent American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to slip behind the Iron Curtain and negotiate the release of Gary Powers, a pilot captured when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia.

The Cold War thriller is shaping up to be Spielberg’s next movie, as DreamWorks expects to start production in September.

Marc Platt is producing the film, which DreamWorks executive Jonathan Eirich will oversee on behalf of the studio.

Once Spielberg wraps the Cold War thriller, he’s slated to direct DreamWorks’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved novel “The BFG.”

The Coens won Oscars for writing, directing and producing “No Country for Old Men,” and they also won an Oscar for writing “Fargo.” The duo recently wrote the Colin Firth-Cameron Diaz comedy “Gambit,” and they also have a writing credit on Angelina Jolie’s upcoming drama “Unbroken,” which Universal will release on Christmas Day.

The Coens, who are currently working on the showbiz comedy “Hail Caesar,” are represented by UTA.

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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