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Spielberg, Streep, and Hanks to Team for Pentagon Papers Drama

Spielberg, Streep, and Hanks to Team for Pentagon Papers Drama

Steven Spielberg seems ready to do that with his latest project, a drama about The Washington Post's involvement in the 1971 release of the Pentagon Papers.

Steven Spielberg is working on another political thriller, in which the lead roles plays Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

For those who don't follow history, Tom Hanks is the guy from Big, Meryl Streep is the woman from The Devil Wears Prada, and the Pentagon Papers was the name given to an account of the way the United States had secretly fucked up the Vietnam War.

The film focuses on the Post's battle against the federal government over the right to publish the top-secret documents from Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's voluminous, warts-and-all account of the Vietnam War.

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A trio of longtime Democratic donors are set to make a movie about the Washington Post's role in exposing the "Pentagon Papers". After the third article, the U.S. Department of Justice got a temporary restraining order against further publication of the material, arguing that it was detrimental to U.S. national security.

The Times and the Post both continued to publish the documents after the court order. This marks the fifth pairing of Spielberg with Hanks, after Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If you Can, The Terminal and Bridge of Spies.

Spielberg will also produce with Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger, with Rachel O'Connor, Adam Somner and Tim and Trevor White as executive producers, according to Deadline. The floodgates had opened, and together the New York Times and Washington Post appealed to the Supreme Court on First Amendment grounds.

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