Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks to Star in Spielberg-Directed Pentagon Papers Movie

Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks to Star in Spielberg-Directed Pentagon Papers Movie

Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks to Star in Spielberg-Directed Pentagon Papers Movie

Fans of veteran Hollywood actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep can rejoice!

Steven Spielberg has agreed to direct an upcoming film about the 1971 leaking of what became known as "The Pentagon Papers", which exposed systematic lies about USA involvement in the Vietnam War, Deadline Hollywood reports.

Sign up to our daily newsletter for your chance to win. Tom Hanks will likely play Post editor Ben Bradlee, while Streep will play publisher Kay Graham in this deep and dramatic movie.

Spielberg will direct and produce the movie, tentatively titled The Post.

The Pentagon Papers was a government study about USA involvement in the Vietnam War that Bradlee and Graham fought to make public in 1971. Fox and Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment will co-finance the project.

Reps for Spielberg, Streep and Hanks did not immediately respond to request for comment.

It comes at a busy time for Spielberg, who is also working on The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, starring Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac, and is in post-production for his next film, Ready Player One. The study detailed secret military escalations during an unwinnable war, and was leaked despite government efforts to block coverage for reasons of national security.

A trio of longtime Democratic donors are set to make a movie about the Washington Post's role in exposing the "Pentagon Papers".

When the incumbent Nixon administration Attorney General John Mitchell and Nixon failed to get the paper to stop, they got a federal court injunction forcing the Times to cease after three installments.

The Post joined forces with the Times to fight the court battle, which climbed all the way to the Supreme Court.

CAA reps Spielberg, Hanks and Streep and is helping to put all this together.

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