Today, 20th Century Fox has released a trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film, The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

The film centres around Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) the United States’ first female newspaper publisher of The Washington Post, and its tough editor, Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) as they fight to be able to publish the Pentagon Papers, which proved that the US government had lied about the scope of the Vietnam War.

The official synopsis reads:

“Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.

The Post marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project. In addition to directing, Spielberg produces along with Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The script was written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, and the film features an acclaimed ensemble cast including Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.”

And while it’s impossible to not be excited by this film being a Spielberg picture with a fantastic cast, it also deals with a story which is tackling timely issues. Both Hanks and Streep look to be delivering impressive performances, and with a supporting cast made up of some of the industry’s most talented performers, it’s a safe bet that The Post is going to be collecting its fair share of nominations this awards season.

And there couldn’t be a better time for a film honestly examining the value of a free, respected and honest press.

The Post hits theatres on December 22nd this year.

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