Steven Spielberg's The Post Is Being Fast-Tracked For Release Before Next Academy Awards

– by Nick Doll

Steven Spielberg. Tom Hanks. Meryl Streep. Sounds like a team bound for Oscar glory, no? 

This "dream team" has assembled for the film The Post, about the Washington Post's involvement in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Hanks will play the Washington Post's editor Ben Bradlee while Streep will portray his publisher Kay Graham. Both worked with the New York Times to challenge the federal government in order to publish the classified study about the Vietnam War commissioned by the Defense Department.

Were you not convinced The Post had Oscar potential before that bit of info? Now that you know we have a timely drama similar to Spotlight and All The President's Men on our hands, it is quite obvious why Amblin and Fox decided to fast-track the picture, even though it was just announced last week!

Deadline reports that The Post has become such a priority that Spielberg has pushed back what was assumed to be his next project, The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara. Likewise, Tom Hanks was slated to star in the WWII thriller Greyhound, which has also been delayed. Production on The Post is now set to begin in late May with an intended release date before the cut-off for the 90th Academy Awards.

This film will be the fifth collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, following other prestigious films such as Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and Bridge Of Spies. There was also The Terminal, but it may be best to forget that one. Though Meryl Streep has never starred in a Spielberg film, she did voice the blue fairy in A.I. Bet you didn't know that! (I didn't.)

No one likes a project that feels rushed, but with these three Oscar heavyweights involved, The Post seems like the perfect film to have ready before 2018. 

Are you excited for The Post? Or are you looking forward to more vintage Spielberg with his next film, Ready Player One?

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SOURCE: Deadline

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