Friday 26 May 2017

Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg will probably win all the Oscars next year

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks are in talks to star in The Post
Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks are in talks to star in The Post
June 30, 1971 and staff at the New York Times look at a proof sheet of a page containing the secret Pentagon report on Vietnam(AP)
Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg

Sasha Brady

Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are working on a project that screams 'Oscars glory'.

Hanks and Streep are in talks to star in a film directed by Spielberg about the Pentagon Papers.

The Post will tell the story of The Washington Post and The New York Times' legal battle to report a damning classified study about America's role in the Vietnam War in 1971.

The Pentagon Papers were the 70's Wikileaks and had a monumental impact on the on the US government's relationships with the media and the public.

June 30, 1971 and staff at the New York Times look at a proof sheet of a page containing the secret Pentagon report on Vietnam(AP)
June 30, 1971 and staff at the New York Times look at a proof sheet of a page containing the secret Pentagon report on Vietnam(AP)

Across some 7,000 pages, it covered a leaked study from the US Department of Defence that detailed the government's military involvement in Vietnam.

It showed that the America's president Lyndon Johnson had secretly expanded military operations into Laos and Cambodia shortly after pledging that "we seek no wider war".

The New York Times and The Washington Post both published excerpts from the papers as definitive proof that Americans were being lied to.

The government tried to block the release of the papers through the media which led to a Supreme Court case that eventually ruled in favour of the press.

As Hollywood continues to wage war against a president who routinely lies when speaking to the press, the timing of the movie's release couldn't be more fitting.

Spielberg has signed on to direct the film, based on a script by Liz Hannah, according to the Associated Press.

Tom Hanks as lawyer James Donovan in Steven Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies'
Tom Hanks as lawyer James Donovan in Steven Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies'

Hanks is in talks to play Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, while Streep would play the newspaper's publisher Katherine Graham, according to Deadline, although details are still being negotiated.

This year's Academy Awards was dominated by celebrities trying to repudiate Trump on and off stage. So a politically-charged movie that speaks to the times, headed by three of the greatest movie talents of our generation, is a project that would surely generate plenty of Oscar buzz next year.

Streep recently defended the freedom of the press in a speech opposing US President Donald Trump at the Golden Globe Awards.

She encouraged people to donate to the Committee To Protect Journalists and criticised Mr Trump's impression of a disabled reporter, saying it "kind of broke my heart".

The Post would mark Spielberg and Hanks' fifth film together after Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal and Bridge Of Spies.

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