Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers Film Adds Sarah Paulson, Alison Brie and More


Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers Film Adds Sarah Paulson, Alison Brie and More


The film, now titled 'The Papers', will see Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep as lead actors and is inspired by The Washington Post's attempt in publishing classified Pentagon Papers in 1971.
Steven Spielberg's "The Papers", which originally titled "The Post", has added a handful of actors to join lead actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in the movie. Included in the new cast members are Sarah Paulson, Alison Brie, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Bradley Whitford, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Michael Stuhlbarg and Zach Woods.

Set in 1971, "The Papers" is inspired by The Washington Post's attempt in publishing classified Pentagon Papers, which detailed the questionable military actions in Vietnam War. "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."

The spec was written by Liz Hannah last fall and has been purchased by Amy Pascal's Pascal Pictures. Besides directing, Spielberg will also produce the pic with Pascal and Macosko Krieger. The film has started its production in New York.

Paulson recently wrapped filming "Ocean's Eight" and starred on "American Horror Story: Roanoke". Brie joined Gerard Butler in family movie "A Family Man". Whitford recently signed on to "Godzilla: King of Monsters", while Rhys is starring on FX's "The Americans".

Odenkirk stars on "Better Call Saul" and earns positive reviews for his performance. Coon, meanwhile, gains critical acclaims for her role on FX's "Fargo", which also stars Stuhlbarg. Plemons will next be seen in period drama "Hostiles".

"The Papers" is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on January 12, 2018.


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