The Papers, the original name for Academy-Award winning director Steven Spielberg‘s (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List) new film about the Pentagon Papers, has now been changed to The Post, according to Variety. The name change is most likely because the focus of the film is on the newspaper The Washington Post during the Pentagon Papers incident.
Academy-Award winning actor Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia) and actress Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, Sophie’s Choice) star as The Post editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Katherine Graham respectively. The story will focus on The Washington Post’s fight for the Pentagon Papers to be published in 1971 within theirs and The New York Times’ papers. After a long legal battle within the Supreme Court against the federal court injunction given to the New York Times by then President Richard Nixon and Attorney General John Mitchell, the judges found no harm in publishing the papers, giving a win to free speech and free press.
The star-studded cast also includes Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Matthew Rhys, Bradley Whitford, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Jesse Plemons, Bruce Greenwood, Alison Brie, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Tracy Letts. Fox and Amblin Entertainment are the financiers and distributors of the film, with a current limited release on December 22, and a full release on January 12, 2018.