On the heels of yesterday’s poster debut, Dreamworks and Fox 2000 have released the first trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies. From a script by Joel and Ethan Coen, and Matt Charman, the film stars Tom Hanks as Brooklyn Insurance Lawyer dragged into the thick of Cold War politics when the CIA recruits him to negotiate with the Soviets for the release of an American spy pilot.
This is without a doubt one of the most exciting films of the year. From Schindler’s List to Saving Private Ryan to the criminally underrated Lincoln, Spielberg has a stunning track record of excellent historical dramas, and it looks like Bridge of Spies could be the next masterpiece on that list. Not to mention the added edge it gets from a Coen brothers script.
The Cold War is a time that is fairly close, historically speaking, but couldn’t feel further away from our tech savvy information age, yet cultural paranoia is an issue we still struggle with as a nation on a daily basis. Spielberg is a filmmaker who respects the resonance of historical themes, and I have a feeling he’ll make the hysterical fear and rage feel all to relevant. Hanks, of course, is the prototypical Hollywood everyman who can bring relatability to the grandest concepts, and it looks like this could be his best performance of the last decade.
The film also stars Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, and Austin Stowell and arrives in theaters October, 16th 2015. For more on the movie, here’s 12 things to know about Bridge of Spies.
Here’s the official synopsis for Bridge of Spies.
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ “Bridge of Spies” is the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn insurance claims lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, Alan Alda, Austin Stowell, Mikhail Gorevoy and Will Rogers. “Bridge of Spies” is produced by Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen.