Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are teaming up for a Cold War spy thriller set in the early 1960s.
Spielberg will direct and co-produce the film, which tells the true story of attorney James Donovan (Hanks), sent by the CIA to negotiate with the Soviet Union for the release of American U2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers, who was shot down over Russia two years earlier.
Spielberg has directed Hanks in several films, including the World War II epic Saving Private Ryan and the crime memoir Catch me if You Can. Tony Award-winning actor Mark Rylance has been cast in an undisclosed role.
The original script was written by British playwright Matt Charman. The most recent version of the screenplay was drafted by Oscar-winning brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.
Co-financed by Fox, this untitled DreamWorks production will begin filming in September. It is expected to arrive in theaters July 1, 2016.
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