The Papers December 22, 2017 20th Century Fox, Amblin Entertainment Director: Steven Spielberg Screenwriter: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer Producers: Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Amy Pascal Starring: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep Cinematography: Janusz Kamiński Composer: John Williams Editor: Michael Kahn
Steven Spielberg to direct Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in a film about the Pentagon Papers controversy. The story will follow the 1971 scandal after the decision of The Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) and publisher Katharine Graham (Streep) to publish The Pentagon Papers. Written and leaked by military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers established that the Johnson Administration had lied to the public and congress about US military involvement in the Vietnam War, and revealed that the Nixon administration had secretly escalated the war. The Nixon administration tried to stop The Post from publishing them, and Assistant U.S. Attorney General William Rehnquist took the case to the Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the paper.