Tom Hanks And Steven Spielberg's New Film 'The Post' Is The Timely Oscar-Hopeful You've Been Waiting For

Meryl Streep also stars in the investigative journalism drama

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Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are a partnership that need little introduction, with a collective catalogue that includes the likes of The Terminal, Catch Me If You Can and Saving Private Ryan.

In 2015 their Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies received six Oscar nominations, just in case you were thought they might be losing their shared spark any time soon.

The trailer for their forthcoming film, The Post, has just been released and alongside Hanks is an impressive cast which includes Meryl Streep, Alison Brie and Sarah Paulson.

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The film is based around the 1971 battle by the Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers. The papers contained classified information which detailed the extent of America's involvement in the Vietnam war. The information had been suppressed by the government over four presidencies.

Hanks will play the Post editor Ben Bradlee, Streep will appear as his publisher Katharine Graham and Zach Woods will play Daniel Ellsberg, a whistleblower who was charged with espionage for sharing the documents.

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The Guardian points out: "The Post is expected to feature heavily in the running for awards-season honours" as "the timing of a story about journalists challenging government corruption will be considered by many to be an unsubtle nod towards current goings-on in the US political landscape."

That combined with the fact the film which pipped Bridge of Spies to the 2015 Best Picture Oscar was Spotlight, a film which retold the heroic efforts of Boston Globe to expose years of covered up abuse by the Catholic Church, the odds are looking pretty good.

The Post will be released 19 January in the UK.