Following the announcement this past week that Steven Spielberg will direct Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in “The Post” for 20th Century Fox and Amblin Entertainment, comes word that this project is moving along at a lightning fast pace.
Variety reports that the politically tinged true story drama is going so fast that shooting is slated to begin this May with the final film expected to be given at least an awards qualifying screening (if not a general release) before the year’s end – setting it up as a potential major awards contenders.
Scripted by Liz Hannah, the drama recounts the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers to the public in 1971, the classified study that revealed harrowing details about the futility of the Vietnam War.
Post editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) teamed up with the organisation’s first female publisher Kay Graham (Streep) and the New York Times to challenge the federal government over their right to publish.
Because of the rush, Spielberg’s “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” has been pushed back – not a surprise as he’s still searching for the right young actor to portray the titular boy.
He’s also finishing up post-production on his sci-fi epic “Ready Player One” which will open March 30th 2018 – after “The Post” is aiming to have its theatrical run. Finally there’s a fifth “Indiana Jones” on the cards to shoot in 2018.