Steven Spielberg is a perennially busy man. As we type he has four directorial gigs on the boil, and some 15 projects where he’s producing. Yet, if the cast of The Papers is anything to go by, he still finds a bunch of time to watch telly.

What’s The Papers? Without getting too historical on you, it’s Senor Spielbergo’s dramatization of the ‘Pentagon Papers’ affair of the early 1970s. The papers, released by one of the authors, Daniel Ellsberg, documented the history of the USA’s political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. When they were made public by The New York Times in 1971 they revealed that the US had secretly enlarged the scale of the Vietnam War with various assaults that weren’t previously reported in the mainstream media. Ellsberg was initially charged with conspiracy, espionage and theft of government property. But then Watergate happened…

Spielberg’s take involves two Washington Post writers battling the government in order to publish the pentagon papers. Two very powerful Washington Post writers, as they’re being played by Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

What we find more interesting, however, is the rest of the casting. It’s basically a who’s-who of great television from the past decade or so. Deep breath… Alison Brie (Community), Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), David Cross (Arrested Development), Bruce Greenwood (American Crime Story), Pat Healy (Blunt Talk), Tracy Letts (Homeland), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), Jesse Plemons (Fargo), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire), Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) and Zach Woods (Silicon Valley).

Where does Mr Spielberg find the time? We reckon he must have kept the Back to the Future DeLorean…

Spielberg DeLorean

Anyway, still in production, The Papers should hit cinemas early in 2018.

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