It looks like Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming drama THE PAPERS has filled out with a robust cast of top-notch talent. Already toplined by awards season mainstays Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, the project at Fox has added Bradley Whitford, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Alison Brie, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Zach Woods.
Formerly known as The Post, the project is inspired by actual events and centers on the Washington Post and other major newspapers’ decision to publish the classified Pentagon Papers in 1971. Streep will star as Katherine Graham, the country’s first female newspaper publisher, while Hanks steps into the role as Ben Bradlee, the paper’s volatile, driven editor. The two formed an unlikely duo, as they were forced to come together and make the bold decision to support The New York Times and fight the Nixon Administration’s unprecedented attempt to restrict the first amendment.
The film is currently in production and is set for limited release on December 22 and will go open nationwide on January 12, 2018. With the roster of A-list actors, Spielberg’s awards season track record, and the timely topic that parallels the current administration, The Papers is certainly Oscar bait.
Liz Hannah wrote the spec which was purchased by Amy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures. She will produce alongside Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Rachel O’Connor will serve as executive produce with Tim and Trevor White, and Adam Somner of Star Thrower Entertainment’s
Whitford was recently seen in Jordan Peele’s socially-minded breakout thriller Get Out and has a role in Megan Leavey opposite Kate Mara, which is currently in theaters. He has also signed on to star in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. He’s represented by Greenlight Management and ICM Partners.
Paulson has gained acclaim for her roles in multiple Ryan Murphy TV series including American Horror Story: Roanoke and The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story. She can be seen in the highly anticipated Ocean’s Eight as well as Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye. She is repped by CAA.
Odenkirk is known for his role on the critically acclaimed AMC series Better Call Saul. Before that, his dramatic turn, he co-created the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David with Cross and worked as a writer for Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Get a Life, and The Ben Stiller Show . He is repped by WME.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer