Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are a match made in Steven Spielberg (and newspaper) heaven.
Deadline.com is reporting that the trio will make a movie about the Pentagon Papers battle that led to a Supreme Court verdict upholding the right of The New York Times and The Washington Post to print the leaked documents on the Vietnam War. It was a landmark freedom of the press decision rejecting the “prior restraint” by government trying to stop the media from putting out information to the public.
It comes at a time when President Donald Trump repeatedly targets the media for criticism.
“The film is a drama about the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and how the Post’s editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham challenged the federal government over their right to publish them.”
Hanks will play Bradlee, with Streep as Graham, the site says.
“In an age where rampant web leaks of emails has left it difficult to figure out whether they are fair game or privacy invasion, the Pentagon Papers is the whistle blower equivalent of WWII, in how soldiers felt they were on the side of the angels fighting it,” Deadline said.
Already cheering the prospect of the film is Washington Post media critic.
Cool. (And who plays Punch Sulzberger and Neil Sheehan?) https://t.co/3HwT2mSf7U
— Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) March 6, 2017
— Mark Berman (@markberman) March 6, 2017
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