Hollywood's reigning king and queen, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, are about to star in their first movie together. Writer Liz Hannah wrote the script for "The Post", which focuses heavily on how Post editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham challenged the government.
The documents showed that President Lyndon Johnson had "systematically lied" to the American public and to Congress about involvement in Vietnam, and showed that the USA military had expanded the war outside the borders of Vietnam into neighboring Laos and Cambodia.
The drama will center on the newspaper's legal battle to publish the Pentagon Papers, a classified government study examining the United States' political and military presence in Vietnam between 1945 and 1967. Fox will handle domestic distribution; global will be Amblin, through its output deals with Universal, eOne, Reliance and others.More news: Sir Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman shed tears together watching 'Logan'
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The Deadline story doesn't have a release date for The Post yet, but maybe they'll just skip the Oscars whenever the movie comes out and mail all of the statues to the principals instead.
Reps for Spielberg, Streep and Hanks did not immediately respond to request for comment. Spielberg is in post-production on Ready Player One.
Hanks is coming off a celebrated performance as Miracle on the Hudson pilot Chesley Sullenberger in "Sully", while Streep received an Oscar nomination at last month's show for her starring role in "Florence Foster Jenkins".
When the incumbent Nixon administration Attorney General John Mitchell and Nixon failed to get the paper to stop, they got a federal court injunction forcing the Times to cease after three installments.