Add Liz Hannah to the long list of Staples High School graduates with a major movie connection.
The 2003 graduate — who served as an assistant director for Staples Players — wrote a screenplay about the Pentagon Papers. Remember those? In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the information that the Johnson administration had bombed Cambodia and Laos, among other actions not reported in the mainstream media.
As America’s press tries to keep the current president honest, that’s a timely topic.
Steven Spielberg will direct “The Post,” Hannah’s movie about the Washington Post‘s challenge to the federal government over the paper’s right to expose the Papers.
Here’s one reason we already know “The Post” will be a smash hit. The co-stars have just been announced: Post editor Ben Bradlee will be played by Tom Hanks.
And publisher Katherine Graham?
(Hat tips: Mark Potts and Kerry Long)