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Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep to unite for Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers drama

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Story by Jack Foley

TOM Hanks and Meryl Streep are to unite for a new drama from Steven Spielberg that will tackle the Pentagon Papers issue.

The Post will focus on The Washington Post‘s role in publishing the infamous study about America’s role in the Vietnam War.

It will follow the work of Post editor Ben Bradlee (to be played by Hanks) and publisher Kay Graham (Streep).

The Pentagon Papers was the name given to a secret Department of Defence study of US political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967, prepared at the request of Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara in 1967.

It revealed that the Harry S. Truman administration gave military aid to France in its colonial war against the Communist-led Viet Minh, thus directly involving the United States in Vietnam.

Spielberg will direct The Post from a spec script by Liz Hannah.

Streep and Spielberg have previously worked together on A.I., while Hanks and the director have collaborated on a number of projects, including Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal and, most recently, Bridge of Spies.

However, The Post marks the first time that Streep and Hanks will share the big screen – and that makes it a mouth-watering prospect.

Streep is currently filming the Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, and is eyeing a starring role in the television adaptation of The Nix from JJ Abrams.

Hanks will soon be seen starring opposite Emma Watson in the sci-fi drama The Circle.

Spielberg is currently in post-production on Ready Player One and has a number of other projects lined up, including The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and a fifth Indiana Jones movie.

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