Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks AND Meryl Streep teaming up

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From Digital Spy

Only a US political scandal as big as the Pentagon Papers release could bring Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep together.

The trio are pooling nine Academy Award wins to pull off The Post, which will mark the very first time that Hollywood icons Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep have shared the silver screen (via The Hollywood Reporter).

The Post dramatises the incredible true story of The Washington Post's publication of the so-called Pentagon Papers, a classified survey that proved the US government publicly lied about key aspects of the Vietnam War.

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That publication would lead to a battle over the freedom of expression and make a folk hero of the political activist Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the document to the Post.

Tom Hanks has signed on to play legendary newsman and Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, whereas Meryl Streep will play the paper's publisher Katharine Graham.

The project is a reunion for Hanks and director Steven Spielberg, who have of course previously teamed on Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal and most recently Bridge of Spies.

Spielberg and Streep also worked together when the Oscar-winning actress voiced the Blue Fairy in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, but The Post marks their first full-scale collaboration.

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The script is being written by relative newcomer Liz Hannah, who produced the critically-acclaimed documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut.

The Pentagon Papers scandal was previously the basis of a 2003 FX television movie starring James Spader as Daniel Ellsberg.

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