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Oscar Winners Meryl Streep & Tom Hanks to Star in Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’

The Post Cast
Written by Poorva Tamhane
Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star in the new Steven Spielberg biographical drama, The Post, where they play the editor and the publisher respectively, of The Washington Post newspaper during its most tumultuous time. The movie depicts journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who published the leaked documents of the Pentagon Papers regarding the deep involvement of the United States’ government during the Vietnam War. The movie also stars actors Tracy Letts, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Jesse Plemons and Zach Woods.

The Washington Post
Source – KnowTechie

The trailer comes at a time when the real-life Paradise Papers have been released which shows us where the wealth of the elite was sheltered quite like the Panama Papers that were released in 2015. Audiences will find the movie relatable in that vein.

The over two-and-a-half-minute trailer shows us actress Meryl Streep portraying The Washington Post’s Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper in conversation with the paper’s editor Ben Bradlee played by Tom Hanks. They learn that The New York Times has already released some incriminating information about how the White House has been lying about the Vietnam War for years. Bradlee then asks his team to work on it and find out more. However, he soon learns that publishing the information would result in a tussle with the government which could even lead to the newspaper having to appear in court, or for that matter, going bankrupt.
Meanwhile, we see Graham battling staff concerns about her judgement based solely on her gender. “People are concerned about having a woman in charge of the paper – that she doesn’t have the resolve to make the tough choices”, says Post Chairman Fritz Beebe played by Bradley Whitford.

Pentagon Papers

In the end, we see both protagonists risking their careers and personal security in order to help expose the cover up of government secrets that has spanned three decades and four presidencies, known as the Pentagon Papers. The Post is set to release on the 12th of January.

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