Magazine article Screen International

Steven Spielberg Teams with Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep on 'The Post'

Magazine article Screen International

Steven Spielberg Teams with Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep on 'The Post'

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The powerhouse trio will collaborate on The Post, a drama about one of the biggest leaks in US history that Fox and Amblin Partners are co-financing.

Spielberg will direct and it is understood negotiations are ongoing for Hanks to play The Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and Streep to portray the paper's publisher, Kay Graham.

The drama will centre on how the pair took their First Amendment case to the courts to fight for the right to publish the incendiary Pentagon Papers in 1971.

The documents contained top-secret information from a Defence Department report on troop escalation in the Vietnam War. The New York Times first reported the leak by military analyst Daniel Ellsberg before it was gagged by the courts.

Ellsberg then leaked documents to The Washington Post, which started reporting on the case. Several years later Bradlee would oversee the Post's coverage of the Watergate scandal that forced US President Richard Nixon to resign. …

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