The stars have aligned for The Post but can it deliver? Here are the facts…
Spoilers may follow.
What’s it about?
It was a cover-up that spanned four Presidencies but, as The Post charts, the truth will always come to light.
This fourth film to cover the infamous Pentagon Papers focusses in on the story of how Kay Graham, America’s first female newspaper publisher, and Ben Bradlee, the cantankerous editor of The Washington Post, joined the fight to see their release.
In the Papers were revelations that would shake the nation. Indeed, leaks published by The New York Times from 1971 did just that. Reports suggested years of governmental lies, concerning the Vietnam War and threatened the status of accountability.
An aggressive response from, then President, Nixon led to an unprecedented battle between the free press and US Government.
Who’s in it?
At the front of centre of The Post are two of the safest hands in Hollywood: Meryl Streep, as Graham, and Tom Hanks, as Bradlee.
Between them, Streep and Hanks boast 25 Oscar nominations, with Sophie’s Choice, Kramer vs Kramer, Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan among their respective records, but – amazingly – this their first on-screen appearance together.
Also appearing here are Matthew Rhys as the original leak-source Daniel Ellsberg, Sarah Paulson (The People v. O. J. Simpson), Bob Odenkirk and Tracy Letts.
Who’s made it?
Thrillingly, not only does The Post unite Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks but it also sees Hanks reunited with director-producer Steven Spielberg. Now we’ve got your attention!
Spielberg’s first film since 20015 War of the Worlds to be filmed in 1:85:1, The Post is meanwhile the E.T. and Bridge of Spies director’s first work with Streep.
The script, originally written by Liz Hannah, was a Black List selection by Amy Pascal, who produces here with Spielberg and his frequent collaborator Kristie Macosko Krieger.
Also long-term friends of Spielberg, the legendary John Williams has scored the film, Janusz Kamiński is its cinematographer whilst it is edited by Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar
When’s it out?
Given an early, limited, release in America to squeeze it into the Oscar race, The Post comes out in the UK on 19 January.
Watch the trailer here: