Back in 1971, the Washington Post decided to publish the classified Pentagon Papers about revelations made in an investigation after President Richard Nixon and Attorney General John Mitchell, but after the New York Times was forced to stop publishing the story, both papers jointly appealed to the Supreme Court on First Amendment grounds.
Past March, it was announced that Steven Spielberg will be the director of the film, after Amy Pascal bought the rights of the script by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. The script follows the story of how the Post’s editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham challenged the federal government over their right to publish the Pentagon Papers about the US Government.
Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star the film as Ben Bradlee and Kay Graham, respectively, with the additions of Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Pat Healy, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, Zach Woods, etcetera.
The film began production back in May, and was formerly called The Papers but this Friday both Fox and Amblin Entertainment, the studios in charge of it, decided to re-name the film to simply The Post.
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The film is aiming for an Oscar Nomination, as is set to have a limited-release date on December 22 and is set to go wide January 12.