Steven Spielberg To Take on Pentagon Papers with Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep in ‘The Post’

Film is about the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971

Steven Spielberg will direct Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in “The Post,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The film is about the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, including how editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham challenged the government over their right to publish them.

Fox and Amblin Entertainment will co-finance — Fox will serve as the domestic distributor, while Amblin will distribute internationally.

This will mark the fifth film collaboration for Spielberg and Hanks as director and actor. They had previously collaborated on “Saving Private Ryan,” “Catch Me If you Can,” “The Terminal” and “Bridge of Spies.” They have also executive produced projects including “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.”

Hanks’ most recent credits include “Inferno” and “Sully” and he will next star in “The Circle.”

Streep voiced the blue fairy in Spielberg’s “A.I.” and is narrating the Netflix documentary “Five Came Back” which Spielberg is executive producing. The actress most recently starred in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” which earned her a Oscars Best Actress nod. She will next appear in “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Amy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures bought the spec script by Liz Hannah last fall, so Pascal will produce alongside Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Rachel O’Connor will executive produce along with Star Thrower Entertainment’s Tim and Trevor White, and Adam Somner.

CAA represents Spielberg, Hanks and Streep.