Saturday, June 15, 2024

Steven Spielberg Races to Get “The Papers” Out for Xmas, Adds Matthew Rhys, Sarah Paulson to All Star Cast


Steven Spielberg is racing to get “The Papers”  out for Christmas. His movie about the Pentagon Papers and how they were leaked to the Washington Post (after the New York Times published their scoop), was called “The Post.” But now it has a new title and a lot of new cast members.

As we knew, Tom Hanks is playing Washington Post editor in chief Ben Bradlee, and Meryl Streep is published Katharine Graham. But now Spielberg has added Matthew Rhys of “The Americans” and Sarah Paulson, whose credits are too long to choose from, to the cast. Rhys may be playing Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers and became a controversial national hero.

Also in the movie are Bradley Whitford, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Zach Woods. That’s an impressive list.

But “The Papers” is shooting now and still casting small roles. Today is June 6th. The release date of December 22nd for a regular director would be unthinkable. But Spielberg will do it, somehow, and maybe even win another Oscar. So hold on.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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