It looks like legendary director Steven Spielberg watches a hell of a lot of television these days, judging by the cast he has assembled for his latest film, The Papers, which is set to start shooting very soon ahead of Fall release, reports Variety.
The Papers is based on the true story of the Pentagon Papers, which were released by Daniel Ellsberg in the 1970s which revealed many harsh truths about the Vietnam War as well as changing public’s perceptions of it and the country’s long involvement in it. The film sees Academy Award Winner Tom Hanks (The Circle, A Hologram for The King) as Ben Bradlee, the editor of The Washington Post at the time, and Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) as publisher Kay Graham.
With shooting fast approaching, Spielberg has assembled his supporting cast for the film – and it’s includes a who’s who of the best in film and television over the last few years. Alison Brie (Glow), Carrie Coon (Fargo), David Cross (Arrested Development), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Tracy Letts (Divorce), Sarah Paulson (The People Vs. O.J. Simpson), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Michael Stuhlbarg (Arrival) and Bradley Whitford (Get Out) have all signed on to co-star, with the project already being touted as a possible contender for awards season later in the year.
Spielberg has been very busy of late and has another film due for release in the first half of 2018 – the eagerly-anticipated adaptation of Ready Player One, based on the hit novel by Ernest Cline. The sci-fi action-thriller stars Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible 6), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), T.J. Miller (Deadpool 2), and Academy Award Winner Mark Rylance (Dunkirk).
With a very quick turnaround expected for The Papers, the film is set for release on December 22nd on limited release, before it expands on January 12th.