Steven Spielberg's 'The Papers' Cast Finalized

Marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project.

Jun. 6, 2017 By Brian Renner

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20th Century Fox and Amblin Entertainment announced the full cast of Steven Spielberg's Pentagon project, The Papers, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

The ensemble cast includes Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.

In June 1971, The New York Times, the Washington Post and the nation’s major newspapers took a brave stand for freedom of speech and reported on the Pentagon Papers, the massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned four decades and four US Presidents. At the time, the Post’s Katherine Graham (Streep) was still finding her footing as the country’s first female newspaper publisher, and Ben Bradlee (Hanks), the paper’s volatile, driven editor, was trying to enhance the stature of the struggling, local paper. Together, the two formed an unlikely team, as they were forced to come together and make the bold decision to support The New York Times and fight the Nixon Administration’s unprecedented attempt to restrict the first amendment.

Filming just started last week on Tuesday, May 30th in New York, and the film is expected to hit  select theaters December 22nd, going wide January 12th, 2018. 

In addition to directing, Spielberg will also produce along with Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The script was written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer.

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