The timing is more than ripe for an Oscar-bait film about the freedom of the press. On the anniversary of the 2016 election, Steven Spielberg dropped the trailer for his new movie The Post, which centers around the Washington Post's battle to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971. A period-biopic that's surprisingly relevant today, it's sure to catch more than one Academy voter's attention.
The movie stars two heavy-hitters who know their way around awards season: Meryl Streep as the paper's then-publisher Katherine Graham and Tom Hanks as Executive Editor Ben Bradlee, and chronicles the decision to publish the top-secret military documents about the United States' involvement in Vietnam.
“With the media under attack, I think everybody has thought about it in a new light and realizes the importance of the people out there reporting on the facts,” Katharine Weymouth, Graham’s granddaughter and another former publisher of the Post, has said of the project.
"I think my grandmother would be incredibly flattered that Meryl Streep was playing her. Who wouldn’t be?"
Watch the trailer below:
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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