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Here’s an early look at another eagerly anticipated film coming next year. It’s a rescue mission—recovering a captured pilot from behind enemy lines—but star Tom Hanks isn’t playing a soldier. Instead, he’s a lawyer, and the only weapons he carries into this battle are his words.

The still-untitled historical drama from director Steven Spielberg stars Hanks as James Donovan, the true-life attorney working on behalf of the CIA to secretly negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers, a U.S. pilot shot down over Soviet airspace in 1960 while piloting a U-2 spy plane.

“This is one of the more astonishing stories about the Cold War I’d ever heard,” Spielberg tells EW. “James Donovan is a hero to me, and Tom made him so completely accessible.”

This is the fourth film Spielberg has directed with Hanks in a leading role, following Saving Private Ryan, The Terminal, and Catch Me If You Can. Other cast members include Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, and Mark Rylance, while No Country For Old Men Oscar-winners Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the screenplay.

“I’ve always wanted to make a spy movie, and this is that and then some,” Spielberg added.

The film may not have a title, but it does have a release date: Oct. 16, 2015.

EW has scoop on 116 things that you’re going to be talking about this year—so why not get a head start now? Grab the forecast issue and impress your friends with your newfound powers of prediction.