Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg teaming up for Pentagon Papers movie

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are to star in a new Steven Spielberg film based on the true story of the Pentagon Papers scandal in 1971.

The true story of the Pentagon Papers began with the 1967 creation of a secret task force to study U.S. involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967 by then-Defense Secretary Robert McNamara. Fox will handle domestic distribution; global will be Amblin, through its output deals with Universal, eOne, Reliance and others.

Reps for Spielberg, Streep and Hanks did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Fox and Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment will co-finance the picture, according to Deadline, while Amy Pascal will produce alongside Spielberg and Bridge of Spies' Kristie Macosko Krieger.

As all three have already-busy schedules - Spielberg is wrapping up the film adaptation of Ready Player One while toying with the fifth Indiana Jones movie - it's unclear when production on The Post will begin.

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Military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, pro-war when he started working on the study at the RAND Corporation, became convinced it should be absorbed to set future policy, and leaked the classified information to the New York Times.

The Post joined forces with the Times to fight the court battle, which climbed all the way to the Supreme Court.

Streep, who is coming off an Oscar nominee for her role in the movie "Florence Foster Jenkins", will play Graham while Hanks will play Bradlee.

If the reported casting holds up, Hanks will be at least the fourth different actor to play Bradlee.

  • Michelle Webb