Tom Hanks to Star in Cold War Thriller, Steven Spielberg May Direct

Tom Hanks to Star in Cold War Thriller, Steven Spielberg May Direct

The two-time Oscar winner will play American attorney James Donovan, who was recruited by the CIA

Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is attached to star in an untitled Cold War thriller that Steven Spielberg is developing to direct, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.

Spielberg has not committed to making the film his next project, but it is one of several in contention and Hanks’ involvement could give it a leg up on others, which include “Robopocalypse” and “Montezuma.”

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Matt Charman wrote the script and Marc Platt is producing the film, which DreamWorks executive Jonathan Eirich will oversee on behalf of the studio.

Hanks is attached to play James Donovan, a prominent American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to slip behind the Iron Curtain and negotiate the release of Gary Powers, a pilot captured when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia.

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Hanks and Spielberg previously teamed on “Saving Private Ryan,” “Catch Me If You Can” and “The Terminal.”

Hanks, who is coming off strong reviews for “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks,” is currently filming Tom Tykwer‘s “A Hologram For the King.” He's repped by CAA.

Matt Charman is repped by CAA, Michael McCoy of UK-based agency Independent, manager Jeff Silver of Fourth Floor Productions and attorney Gretchen Rush.