The Post boasts an eye-popping trio of Hollywood powerhouses in Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, collaborating on a film for the very first time. The Pentagon Papers period drama’s first trailer, which you can watch above, presages a project worthy of their talents.
Per 20th Century Fox’s synopsis, the film centers on:
... the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers—and their very freedom—to help bring long-buried truths to light.
The Post has Oscars written all over it. As if its Streep/Hanks/Spielberg triumvirate wasn’t enough, the film clearly champions the power of journalism in a way that will resonate with many audience members in our current political atmosphere. Called by their duty to expose government wrongdoing at risk of the potential dissolution of their paper, Hanks’ Bradlee asks Streep’s Graham, “If we don’t hold them accountable, who will?”
Spielberg, who directs from a script by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, is also a producer on The Post, alongside Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The film’s vast ensemble cast includes Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.
The Post opens in select theaters on Dec. 22 before going wide on Jan. 12, 2018. Watch the first trailer above, and find out more about the film here.