Steven Spielberg Begins Shooting Cold War Film, Starring Tom Hanks

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Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg has quietly begun principal photography on his currently untitled Cold War spy thriller in New York. Oscar-winner Tom Hanks stars in what will be his fourth film for Spielberg, after Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal.

The film also boasts a prestigious supporting cast, including Tony-winner Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) and “M*A*S*H” favorite Alan Alda. This is also a return to the fold for Ryan, who had a small role in Spielberg’s 2005 blockbuster War of the Worlds.

The film is the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

The screenplay was written by three-time Academy Award-winners Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit) and Matt Charman, based on a pitch by Charman. Besides the Big Apple, the film will also shoot in Berlin, and will be released in the US on October 16, 2015.

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