The drama will focus on the role of the Washington Post in bringing the Pentagon Papers — a report about the United States’ political and military involvement in Vietnam between 1945 and 1967 — to light in 1971. Hanks has been tapped to play Post editor Ben Bradlee, while Streep will play publisher Kay Graham. The duo went up against the federal government over the paper’s right to publish the report.
The film will be based on a script by Liz Hannah, which was picked up last year by Pascal Pictures. Spielberg will produce the movie, alongside Pascal Pictures’ Amy Pascal (“Ghostbusters”) and Kristie Macosko Krieger (“Bridge of Spies”).
“The Post” will mark Spielberg and Hanks’ fifth movie together. They have previously worked on “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), “Catch Me If You Can” (2002), “The Terminal” (2004) and “Bridge of Spies” (2015) together. As for Streep, the actress voiced Blue Mecha in Spielberg’s 2001 “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.” She also narrates the upcoming Netflix documentary “Five Came Back,” in which Spielberg is featured.