Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks to star in Pentagon Papers drama The Post
Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks will share the screen together for the first time.
EW has confirmed both stars will appear in the upcoming drama The Post, about the Washington Post‘s role in unveiling the Pentagon Papers in 1971.
Deadline, which first reported the news, indicates renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg will helm the film, though representatives for the director did not immediately return EW’s request for comment. The publication also notes the planned production’s spec script, by Liz Hannah, revolves around editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) and his publisher, Kay Graham (Streep), as they railed against the federal government’s opposition to the Post‘s rights to publish the documents, which detailed the country’s questionable military actions and political maneuvers in Vietnam.
Fox and Amblin Entertainment will reportedly co-finance production, with the former handling domestic distribution. The Post marks Spielberg’s fifth collaboration with Hanks, following Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, and Bridge of Spies. Streep previously voiced the Blue Fairy character in the director’s sci-fi flick A.I.: Artificial Intelligence in 2001.
Amy Pascal will reportedly produce The Post alongside Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger, who worked with the Hollywood director on the Oscar-nominated historical drama Bridge of Spies in 2015. Rachel O’Connor, Adam Somner, and Star Thrower Entertainment’s Tim and Trevor White serve as executive producers.
Further details regarding the film, including a release date and production timeline, have yet to be announced.