The first trailer of Steven Spielberg’s next dropped on the internet on November 7. The film is based on the historic Pentagon Papers exposed by The Washington Post. The film stars Oscar winners Tom Hanks as Post editor Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as publisher Katherine Graham.
The story revolves around the real-life story of the Washington Post’s 1971 legal battle to publish the classified information about the Vietnam War which was covered up by the government for nearly four US presidencies.
Meryl as Graham looks powerful as she plays the first female publisher of a major American newspaper at a time when it was highly daunting for men to see a female run an organization of this scale and influence.
It is also interesting to note that the timing The Post is quite ironical given the current political climate of America and the press’ role. With such a powerful cast the movie already looks like they’ll be reeling awards soon. But it might also be subtly be giving a nod to the journalists with a story based on journalists taking on the government’s corruption.
The Post also features a supporting cast of names from TV and film, including Carrie Coon, Bob Odenkirk and Sarah Paulson, while Silicon Valley’s Zach Woods appears as Daniel Ellsberg, the military whistleblower who was charged with conspiracy and espionage for sharing the documents.
The Post is Spielberg’s period drama and three months after its release the director will debut a big-screen adaptation of Ernest Cline’s virtual reality novel Ready Player One, starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn. He is also planning to direct a historical drama, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, starring Mark Rylance, and a fifth Indiana Jones film, set for release in 2020.
The Post is slated to release on December 22 in select theatres and January 19 worldwide.