Renowned director Steven Spielberg teams up with two Hollywood giants, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, in the upcoming political drama, The Post. Based on true events, the film portrays the partnership between Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, The Washington Post, and her editor, Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks). Both Graham and Bradlee are in a race to catch up with the New York Times, to reveal a massive cover-up of government secrets. The Post tells the story about a publisher and editor who risked their careers, liberty, and the newspaper’s future to preserve the freedom of the press for the American public.
Spielberg focuses his audience on the war between an adversarial presidency of the Nixon Administration and The Washington Post. While The Post was looking to expose the futile involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War, it was the Supreme Court that allowed them to publish the highly classified war documents known as The Pentagon Papers. This landmark decision to allow the publishing of The Pentagon Papers has changed journalism forever.
As director and co-producer, Spielberg recreates an intense, thrilling drama based on lies, secrecy, and leaks. It was the hard-driving team of both Graham and Bradlee that led to an unprecedented battle between journalism and government that shook the world in 1971.
The Post marks the first time Spielberg, Hanks, and Streep have worked on a project together. With the Oscar race well on its way, the perfection of Spielberg’s direction, and the brilliant performances of Oscar royalty, Streep and Hanks, The Post could very well sweep the 2018 nominations. The movie has already garnered great interest with audiences and is very likely to enjoy wide success.