Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep to star in drama about Pentagon Papers

Hanks will play Ben Bradlee, the Post's editor, while Streep will play Kay Graham, its publisher.

Fox and Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment will co-finance the picture, according to Deadline, while Amy Pascal will produce alongside Spielberg and Bridge of Spies' Kristie Macosko Krieger.

The story would revolve around the secret intelligence reports conducted on USA military involvement in Vietnam between 1945 and 1967 - officially known as the Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force - that was first authorized by then-Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and later leaked to the press by analyst-turned-anti-war whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. It's also Streep's first live-action movie directed by Spielberg, though she did voice the Blue Fairy in an "A.I".

Streep was branded an "overrated actress" by U.S. President Donald Trump after she criticised him for belittling a disabled journalist at the Golden Globes in January.

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As all three have already-busy schedules - Spielberg is wrapping up the film adaptation of Ready Player One while toying with the fifth Indiana Jones movie - it's unclear when production on The Post will begin. The study detailed secret military escalations during an unwinnable war, and was leaked despite government efforts to block coverage for reasons of national security.

In an age where rampant web leaks of emails has left it hard to figure out whether they are fair game or privacy invasion, the Pentagon Papers is the whistle blower equivalent of WWII, in how soldiers felt they were on the side of the angels fighting it.

What's not quite clear is why the film is focused on the Washington Post rather than the New York Times, which led the way on reporting the story and was the first to face a federal court injunction by the Nixon administration.

Streep would play Graham, while Hanks would take on Bradlee.

  • Stacy Houston