According to Deadline, “The Post will be hitting theaters much sooner than we have thought. Steven Spielberg only said yes this past Monday to direct Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in the Fox/Amblin co-production and they’ve all been clearing their schedules to start production in late May. Deals are still being finalized, but that means the film will be ready for release to qualify for this coming Oscar season. As AwardsWatch continues in a second artice, Spielberg was prepping The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara for a 2017 release (and was heavily predicted by the Gold Rush Gang in those first predictions) and is in post- production on Ready Player One (set for March 2018). That opens up the schedules of Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac, both set to star in Mortara (but also opens up their Oscar chances in other 2017 films). Hanks was ready to start the WWII thriller Greyhound but now that’s pushed back. This marks Hanks’s fifth collaboration with Spielberg. Streep is currently filming Mary Poppins Returns in London but will be long finished by the time The Post begins. Many thanks once again to Frank for the heads-up.
Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks will share the screen together for the first time in the upcoming drama “The Post”, about the Washington Post‘s role in unveiling the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Deadline, which first reported the news, indicates renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg will helm the film, though representatives for the director did not immediately return EW’s request for comment. The publication also notes the planned production’s spec script, by Liz Hannah, revolves around editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) and his publisher, Katharine Graham (Streep), as they railed against the federal government’s opposition to the Post‘s rights to publish the documents, which detailed the country’s questionable military actions and political maneuvers in Vietnam. Fox and Amblin Entertainment will reportedly co-finance production, with the former handling domestic distribution. The Post marks Spielberg’s fifth collaboration with Hanks, following Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, and Bridge of Spies. Streep previously voiced the Blue Fairy character in the director’s sci-fi flick A.I.: Artificial Intelligence in 2001. Further details regarding the film, including a release date and production timeline, have yet to be announced.