Spielberg, Streep, Hanks may team for Pentagon Papers movie

In this June 21, 2016 file photo, Steven Spielberg attends the LA Premiere of “The BFG” in Los Angeles. A studio rep on Monday said Spielberg has signed on to direct “The Post,” a co-production from Fox and Amblin Entertainment. The film will focus on The Washington Post’s 1971 publication of the classified Vietnam War study after a federal judge barred the New York Times from writing about it. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES | Hollywood dream team Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are considering taking on some classified government documents in a feature film about the Pentagon Papers case.

A source close to the project who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly said Monday that Spielberg has signed on to direct “The Post.” The film will focus on The Washington Post’s 1971 publication of the classified Vietnam War study after a federal judge barred the New York Times from covering it.

According to a report by the Hollywood trade publication Deadline, Hanks is in talks to play Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and Streep is in negotiations for the part of publisher Katharine Graham. “The Post” would mark Hanks’ fifth outing with Spielberg.

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