Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are set to star in a film together for the very first time

Plus, Steven Spielberg will direct the pair

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Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep will finally star in the same film together. Although the pair have five Oscars between them (two for Hanks, three for Meryl), upcoming drama The Post will mark the first time the have appeared on the big screen as a duo. 

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And they’ll be joined by more star power: as reported by Deadline, Steven Spielberg – who, since we’re counting, has four Oscars – will be directing the film about the 1971 Pentagon Papers scandal. (Just in case you’re not sure, the Papers scandal was when the US government attempted to cease the press from publishing leaked secret warts-and-all reports of the Vietnam War).

This marks the fifth Spielberg/Hanks collaboration after Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal and Bridge of Spies. Streep has also worked with the director when she voiced ‘The Blue Fairy’ for his sci-fi classic A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

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So, when will The Post come out? Don’t wait up: Spielberg’s got plenty on his plate at the moment with post-production work on sci-fi thriller Ready Player One and pre-production work on 19th-century drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, starring Mark Rylance as Pope Pius IX.