According to a new report over at Deadline, Steven Spielberg has added another project to his already-crowded plate: The Post, a movie about the Pentagon Papers, to be headlined by Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.
Steven Spielberg just said yes to direct Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in The Post, the spec script by Liz Hannah bought last fall by Amy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures. The deals are being negotiated. The film is a drama about the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and how the Post’s editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham challenged the federal government over their right to publish them.
Spielberg, who's currently in post-production on 2018's Ready Player One, already has a slew of projects in development, including The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (which will star Oscar Isaac and recent Spielberg muse Mark Rylance) as well as Indiana Jones 5 (which, as you definitely know by now, is slated to arrive in 2019). Deadline says he'll be fitting The Post into his schedule "soonest", but it remains unclear whether that means he'll get to it before or after The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
Weighty (and timely!) material. A powerhouse cast. The Post will definitely find The Beard in Oscar mode. Nothing further to report at this time, but we'll let you know when updates arrive. Until then, bemoan the fact that you still haven't gotten around to Bridge Of Spies in the comments below.