Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep Re-Team for ‘The Post’
The Indiana Jones director will also serve as a producer on the film. It is unclear when Spielberg will start filming the movie, but according to Deadline, it will be before he begins working on The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. During the Vietnam War, military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, who originally supported the military campaign, came to oppose it and secretly copied papers from the report and turned them over to editors at The New York Times. The reports were subsequently published by editors at the newspaper and several others including the Washington Post. After government officials tried to stop the editors from reporting on the content they took the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. Ellsberg was indicted on criminal charges including conspiracy, espionage and stealing government property for his actions, but they were subsequently dismissed. The Post will be Spielberg’s fifth pairing with Hanks, who he has previously directed in Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If you Can, The Terminal and Bridge of Spies. He also worked with Streep on A.I. and she narrates his Netflix documentary Five Came Back. Spielberg has a long history of taking on films that center on political and military subjects including Saving Private Ryan, Bridge of Spies, and Lincoln.