Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"The Post" gets new title, cast members

Several sources are reporting today that the 'Untitled Steven Spielberg Project,' formerly known as The Post, has been retitled The Papers.  This most likely refers to the Pentagon Papers, but I wonder if it might also include the fact that the publishing of the Pentagon Papers was a duel effort that actually began with The New York Times, not the Washington Post.  Regardless, the new title is more fitting.

In addition to the new title, at least twelve new cast members were revealed today.  IMDb has already added the names, and it's quite impressive.  Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, The People v. O.J. Simpson)  Michael Stuhlbarg (from TV's Fargo and the upcoming Call Me By Your Name which I cannot wait for), Matthew Rhys (whom I absolutely adore from The Americans) and Tracy Letts (who of course wrote August: Osage County), among others.   Unfortunately, the characters each is playing is not yet listed, but I'm sure we could speculate to high heaven as to who is playing whom.  I'm particularly interested in which actress of either Carrie Coon or Alison Brie will play Meryl's daughter, Lally.  By the looks of her, I'm guessing Brie.  I imagine Sarah Paulson will portray Tom Hanks's wife, Tony Bradlee.

Regardless of who ends up where, this is a splendid cast.  It's almost impossible to not imagine or expect a SAG ensemble win for this group, particularly since there are so many speaking parts and characters intertwined.  All anchored by our girl, of course.  I couldn't be more please with this news.

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  1. So exited about the casting news ! Can't wait for the movie . I have the feeling it will be a big success. And maybe it will give Meryl another chance for the Oscars .. Is that right that Meryl will be the main character in the movie ?

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    1. Yup, she and Tom Hanks will be leads.

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  2. Jeff- you said you read the script? Is Meryl's part big and considered lead? They do not not have her listed as top billed cast on IMDB..?- Jamie

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    1. She and Tom Hanks will be leads. I cannot see any scenario where they would be able to swing her supporting. She's not lead like "Iron Lady" lead, but from the script (which has had adjustments since I've read it no doubt), she's got a bigger role than in One True Thing, The Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia and August: Osage County. She will be lead.

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    2. Oh, and IMDb lists their casts in order of their "StarMeter," and has nothing to do with the size of their roles. http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?prowhatisstarmeter

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    3. Thanks!- Jamie

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  3. I'm amazed by the amount of information you just have and gave! Do you think this movie is similar as Spotlight? I know they're treating different topics, but both of them we'll be centered on journalist teams trying to publish a revealing truth.

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    1. Yes, similar, but Spotlight seemed more focused on the actual story of the cover up by the Catholic church and its victims, where The Papers is a bit more character focused, imo.

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  4. The co-writer of Spotlight is also credited for The Papers' screenplay so I think they did make adjustments

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    1. Ooo I didn't realize until now that Josh Singer wrote Spotlight! Thanks for the heads up!

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