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Steven Spielberg Is Pulling No Punches in Casting for 'Pentagon Papers' Film

By Elizabeth MacLeod | Film | June 6, 2017 |

By Elizabeth MacLeod | Film | June 6, 2017 |

It appears Stephen Spielberg (ET, Schindler’s List) is firing on all cylinders for The Papers. I’m not certain whether the subject matter has reignited Spielberg’s creative muse, if he was galvanized to bounce back from The BFG, or an unholy mixture of both reasons, but whatever the case Spielberg is back on the saddle and gunning for 2017 awards season.

The Papers will recount the true story of the Pentagon Papers, released by former US military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, which blew the doors open on the ugly truths of the Vietnam War and was responsible for shifting public perception and opinion about the US’s involvement in the war. Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Captain Phillips) and Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer, Mamma Mia!) are set to play Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham respectively, with Alison Brie (Community), Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), David Cross (Arrested Development), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), Tracy Letts (Divorce), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Sarah Paulson (American Crime Story), Jesse Plemons (Fargo), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), and Zach Woods (Arrested Development) rounding out the cast.

That murderer’s row of talent will for certain leave cinephile nerds and entertainment junkies drooling at their laptops. My sixth sense is telling me that some serious movie magic alchemy is at work here. Pardon the far too obvious Hamilton pun, but I would wanna be in “the room where it happens” both behind the camera and on the screen. The Papers is slated to open in limited release on December 22nd, 2017, and go wide on January 12, 2018.

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