See, there’s a reason why I put The Post in pole position in The Oscar Map #2, which posted earlier Tuesday. I’d heard it’s great, and this trailer seems to back that up. Steven Spielberg’s journalism drama stars past Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, but it’s about more than that. It’s about how timely the story is, both on the journalism front, and as a tale of female empowerment.
Streep plays Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, the first woman to serve as publisher of a major American newspaper, and the story finds her teaming up with editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) to print the Pentagon Papers. The formidable duo risk both their careers and their own freedom as they work to overcome their differences and bring long-buried truths to light.
In addition to Streep and Hanks, the film stars Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Carrie Coon, Bradley Whitford, Jesse Plemons, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tracy Letts, Alison Brie, David Cross, Matthew Rhys, Zach Woods and Bruce Greenwood.
Spielberg produced the film with longtime collaborator Kristie Macosko Krieger, as well as Amy Pascal, who bought the project as a spec script from writer Liz Hannah. Josh Singer, the Oscar-winning writer of Spotlight, also lent his expertise to the screenplay.
We’ll see if Spielberg and his A-list cast can take this great story and run with it when The Post hits select theaters on Dec. 22 before opening wide on Jan. 12. Watch the trailer below…
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief