Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk and more join Steven Spielberg’s The Papers
A slew of actors have been cast alongside Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in the upcoming Steven Spielberg filmÂ The Papers, according to Variety.Â Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Bradley Whitford, Alison Brie, Matthew Rhys,Â Carrie Coon,Â Jesse Plemons,Â David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Zach Woods have joined the cast of the film about The Washington Post‘s publishing of the classified Pentagon Papers in 1971. The film was formerly known asÂ The Post.
The Papers, fromÂ 20th Century Fox and Amblin Entertainment, was recently fast tracked for an Academy Awards run, set to openÂ in limited release on December 22 and opening wide on January 12, 2018.
The PapersÂ will follow the 1971Â scandal after the decision ofÂ The Washington PostÂ editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) and publisher Katharine Graham (Streep) to publish The Pentagon Papers. Written and leaked by military analystÂ Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers established that the Johnson Administration had lied to the public and congress about US military involvement in the Vietnam War, and revealed that the Nixon administration had secretly escalated the war. The Nixon administration tried to stopÂ The Post from publishing them, andÂ Assistant U.S. Attorney General William Rehnquist took the case to the Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the paper. The late Jason Robards won a 1974Â Best Supporting Actor Oscar portraying a Watergate-era Bradlee in All the Presidentâ€™s Men.
This will mark the fifth time Spielberg has directed his pal Hanks after Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal and Bridge of Spies. While Streep has never appeared on screen in a Spielberg film, she provided the voice of The Blue Fairy in 2001â€™s A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
Written as a spec script by newcomerÂ Liz Hannah, The PapersÂ is produced by Amy Pascal (Spider-Man: Homecoming) alongside Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger (Bridge of Spies).Â Rachel Oâ€™Connor will executive produce withÂ Star Thrower Entertainmentâ€™s Tim and Trevor White, and Adam Somner.
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