Steven Spielberg is already deep in production on his next film, The Papers, and while we knew that two huge stars had joined the cast, it's now been revealed that even more famous faces are going to be a part of the movie. The movie, which will center on the Washington Post's publication of the classified Pentagon Papers in 1971, is going to boast quite the packed cast. Read on to see who's involved in the The Papers.
Meryl Streep is on board to play Washington Post publisher Kay Graham in The Papers. Along with the Post's editor Ben Bradlee, she challenged the federal government over their right to publish the Pentagon Papers. Streep, who's often hailed as the greatest actress of her generation, is coming off her 20th Oscar nomination for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins last year. She will also be seen soon in the Mamma Mia sequel and Mary Poppins Returns.
Tom Hanks is set to portray Post editor Ben Bradlee in Spielberg's drama. While this will mark the first time that Hanks and Streep have shared the screen together, this will be the actor's fifth time working with Spielberg. The two-time Oscar winner was recently seen in Sully, Inferno and The Circle, and is also currently working on his voice part as Woody for Toy Story 4.
Sarah Paulson has become a TV mainstay over the past few years, mostly due to her work with Ryan Murphy on American Horror Story, Feud and American Crime Story, for which she won a Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe for her portrayal of lawyer Marcia Clark. She'll also be seen on the big screen in next year's Ocean's Eight with another all star cast.
Bob Odenkirk is best known to TV audiences as Saul Goodman on the hit Breaking Bad, and in that show's prequel series Better Call Saul. Odenkirk is also known for his work in comedy, and has written for shows like Saturday Night Live, Late Night With Conan O'Brien and W/ Bob and David, which he also starred in with David Cross.
Actor Matthew Rhys is currently known as America's favorite undercover Soviet spy after spending five seasons on the FX hit The Americans. He's also appeared in ABC's Brothers & Sisters and the mini-series Death Comes to Pemberley, and can next be seen on the big screen in Jungle Book.
Jesse Plemons had his breakout role on Friday Night Lights from 2006-2011, and since then the actor has gone on to a number of notable TV and film projects. Among other things, he can be seen in The Master, Breaking Bad, Bridge of Spies and Fargo, which saw him receive an Emmy nomination in 2016. Other upcoming projects include American Made, Game Night and The Bell Jar.
Audiences usually associate David Cross with comedy, and that's for good reason. He spent four seasons as never-nude Tobias on Arrested Development, and also created and starred in Mr. Show with Bob and David with Bob Odenkirk, and reunited with him for W/ Bob and David. Most recently, he was seen on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Actress Carrie Coon has been making waves since her work in Gone Girl in 2014. Since then, she's had critically acclaimed turns in The Leftovers and Fargo, and she'll soon be seen in the horror film The Keeping Hours.
Many people can't think about Bradley Whitford without being reminded of his wonderful turn as Josh on The West Wing for seven seasons, but the actor has done much more than that. He's brought his talents to over 100 film and television projects, including The Cabin in the Woods, Transparent and the recent horror hit Get Out.
After first coming to the attention of most people on NBC's meta comedy Community, Alison Brie has made quite a career for herself. Along with appearing on screen in Mad Men, How to be Single and the upcoming Netflix series GLOW, she's lent her voice to BoJack Horseman and The Lego Movie.
After 40 years on the big and small screens, it would be highly unusual if you hadn't seen something that Bruce Greenwood has starred in. St. Elsewhere, Knots Landing, I, Robot, the rebooted Star Trek films, Mad Men and American Crime Story have all seen his talents. He most recently appeared in the Dirty Dancing remake.
Tracy Letts is a writer and actor who's appeared in Judging Amy, Prison Break, Homeland, Elvis & Nixon and Divorce. He's also adapted several of the stage plays he's written for the big screen or TV, including Superior Donuts and August: Osage County.
Michael Stuhlbarg has made a name for himself in films and television shows like A Serious Man, Blue Jasmine, Men in Black 3, Boardwalk Empire and Doctor Strange. He can currently be seen in Fargo.
Zach Woods has filled his resume with work in a lot of notable projects, including The Office, The Other Guys, Kroll Show, Veep and The Good Wife. He's been a major player on HBO's Silicon Valley since it started in 2014.
According to Variety, the film is currently on the fast track and the filmmakers are looking to have it ready for this year's awards season, with The Papers seeing a limited release on December 22 and then going wide on January 12, 2018.
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