Movie Report: Spielberg Teaming With Hanks And Streep On Political Drama

A trio of Hollywood talent with plenty of award hardware are coming together for a new project.

Director Steven Spielberg on Monday announced that he would direct “The Post,” a film about the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers, according to Deadline Hollywood. The film, which will star Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, will document the events that took place in 1971 when the newspaper challenged the government on the right to publish the documents.

This will will be the fifth time Spielberg has worked with Hanks, as the two have paired on projects including “Saving Private Ryan,” “Catch Me if you Can,” “The Terminal and “Bridge of Spies.” Deadline Hollywood reports that the premise will be for Hanks to play Ben Bradlee, the Washington Post’s editor and Streep would portray Kay Graham, the publisher.

The story of the Pentagon Papers themselves revolves around Daniel Ellsberg, a military analyst who became a whistle blower when he revealed a classified document about the Vietnam War from the U.S. Dept. of Defense. After Ellsberg leaked the documents to the press, such as the Washington Post, the media started printing the information. This led to legal battles that went up to the Supreme Court.

The picture is the second newspaper drama in the past few years with some Oscar talent behind it. Last year the 2015 drama “Spotlight,” which documented the Boston Globe’s reporting on the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal, earned Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

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At the box office last weekend, it was Wolverine’s final outing (with Hugh Jackman playing the character at least) earning the top spot. The film, titled “Logan,” hauled in a massive $88.4 million. The full top five from this weekend was:

1. Logan – $88,411,916
2. Get Out – $28,236,285
3. The Shack – $16,172,119
4. The LEGO Batman Movie – $11,702,364
5. John Wick: Chapter Two – $4,804,238

Opening this week, meanwhile, is “Kong: Skull Island,” the latest adaptation featuring the famous creature.

The smaller screen also has some flicks this week to check out, with two of 2016’s best coming to home video:

  • Jackie, ATMR Rating: 4.3 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%, ATMR Top 10 of 2016
  • Moana, ATMR Rating: 4 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%, ATMR Honorable Mention of 2016