BRIDGE OF SPIES: Watch Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks Break Down the True Story

     June 7, 2015


You’ve seen the poster and the trailer, now how about some information on the true story behind Bridge of Spies straight from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks? Hanks leads the film as James Donovan, a skilled Brooklyn insurance claims lawyer who winds up being recruited to negotiate a prisoner exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union in the midst of the Cold War.

In addition to the new trailer and poster, Disney also shared some on-set interviews with Spielberg and Hanks breaking down James Donovan’s situation and what he’s capable of so I pulled some quotes and cut the material into a brief package. You can check out our Bridge of Spies featurette below. The film is due in theaters on October 16, 2015, and also stars Amy Ryan and Scott Shepherd.


For more on Bridge of Spies, here’s 12 things to know about the film.

Here’s the official synopsis:

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.


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