In the sneak peek, Brooklyn insurance lawyer James Donovan (Hanks) gets enlisted to ensure a fair trial for Rudolf Abel (Rylance), a Soviet spy arrested by the FBI in 1957. He risks his reputation and his family’s safety for this.
After the Americans captured the Soviet spy, a U.S. spy pilot is shot down with a “head full of classified information.” The Russians want their man back before he cracks, and Donovan is assigned to negotiate the swap and puts himself in immense danger as he is sent to East Berlin to negotiate.
“You could prevent a full thermonuclear exchange with the Soviet Union,” Donovan is told.
Donovan eventually agrees to ensure the safety of the United States, and heads to East Berlin, where the Berlin Wall (which kept East Germany and West Germany separate) was the defining symbol of the Cold War.
“We need to have the conversations our governments can’t,” Donovan tells a board of what seems to be the Soviet government.
From Disney and DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures, the spy thriller co-stars Mark Rylance as a KGB agent living in New York, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch and Alan Alda.
Previous collaborations between Hanks and Spielberg include “Saving Private Ryan,” “Catch Me If You Can” and “The Terminal,” as well as the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO miniseries based on Stephen Ambrose’s book, “Band of Brothers” and the Emmy-winning “The Pacific,” both of which they produced.
Directed by Spielberg, the producers of the movie include Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Marc Platt. The film is set to open on Oct. 16.