The first trailer has been released for director Steven Spielberg's The Post. I've been looking forward to watching this movie and judging by this trailer it looks like Spielberg has made yet another superb film. Damn... he's good at what he does.
The movie stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep and it tells the thrilling story about 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 movie is set in 1971 and it specifically focuses on the Washington Post's role in exposing the Pentagon Papers and how Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham challenged the federal government over their right to publish them. When talking about the meaning of this film to Spielberg, Susan Lacy, the director of the recent HBO documentary Spielberg, told Metro:
“[The film] is absolutely Steven’s statement about the importance of vigorous and free press in America. Because we have a President that keeps attacking the press…it’s the reason he is making [the film], I mean it is a true story and a historic story, but the reason he chose to make it now is because he feels like it is a message that needs to be out there. I don’t want to speak for him, but I think that’s why he is clearly making this film now.”
The film is the first time that Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project. The film also features an amazing ensemble cast that 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 movie hits theaters December 22, 2017