Steven Spielberg is gearing up to create a film based on the 1971 events which eventually led to the downfall of Richard Nixon.
Titled The Papers, it tells of The Washington Post publishing what would eventually be known as ‘the Pentagon Papers’, a leaked Justice Department study of the United States’ military involvement in Vietnam.
Daniel Ellsberg, the leaker of the papers was viciously smeared by the Nixon Presidency but the events following The Watergate Scandal eventually cleared him of any wrongdoing.
The film will focus on the decision of The Washingon Post to publish the study and how this placed them in direct conflict with the US government. Frequent Spielberg collaborator Tom Hanks is already cast as The Post editor Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep is set to portray publisher Katharine ‘Kay’ Graham.
Variety reports that other stars have joined the cast including Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Bradley Whitford, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Alison Brie, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Michael Stuhlbarg and Zach Woods.
Spielberg himself has a ton of work on his plate, producing and executive producing 15 projects slated for release over the next couple of years as well as completing the post-production phase of the anticipated Ready Player One.
The Papers have been penned by Liz Hanah (Guidance) and Josh Singer (Fringe) and is expected to hit theaters on the 12th of January 2018.
Call me low-brow, but I’m quietly excited to see a Mr Show reunion in a Steven Spielberg film. I’d like to send myself a note to 1996 just for the laughs.
Thanks to Variety.