WASHINGTON - Could you imagine walking in to your morning meeting and finding Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in there? I would be geeking out! Well, that’s exactly what happened Thursday morning for reporters and editors at the Washington Post.
The Academy Award winners were at the Washington Post’s headquarters in Washington D.C. doing research for their upcoming film, “The Post,” which is based on the 1971 true story about the newspaper’s fight to publish the Pentagon Papers.
Spielberg will direct the project while the film will star Hanks as then-executive editor Ben Bradlee. Streep will co-star as Katharine Graham, the newspaper’s publisher at the time. The film is slated for a 2018 release, according to IMDB.
According to the Washington Post's Reliable Source, the trio met with current executive editor Martin Baron, whose role at the Boston Globe was made prominent in the Best Picture-winning film “Spotlight.” Hanks, Spielberg and Streep also met Marty Weil and Mary Jordan, who were reporting at the time of the Pentagon Papers story.
Thankfully, there is photo proof of their visit to the morning meeting.
Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks just met MARTY BARON at Wapo pic.twitter.com/iaS03qlO6U— Andrew Heining (@andrewjh) May 25, 2017
This marks the fifth time Spielberg has directed Hanks. Previously, they teamed up for “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Terminal,” “Catch Me If You Can” and “Bridge of Spies.” As for Streep, this will be her first feature-film directed by Spielberg.
After their morning meetings, the Washington Post says the three took a trip to the newspaper’s production facility, which is located in Springfield, Virginia.