Steven Spielberg is no stranger to directing highly taut, political war dramas and period pieces. In such films as Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan, Speilberg played upon a shared cultural imagination partly rooted in both fact and fiction; those war dramas highly polemical, but emotionally felt.
In the first international trailer for Spielberg’s new wartime piece, Bridge of Spies, the director trades World War II for the Cold War. This film (starring Tom Hanks) is set in 1957, and features the real-life story of Brooklyn lawyer, James Donovan, tasked by the CIA with procuring the release of an American U-2 pilot – whose plane was shot down in the Soviet Union.
The film (based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Giles Whittell) supports an adapted screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen and Matt Charman, and costars actors Alan Alda, Mark Rylance, and Amy Ryan in supporting roles to Tom Hanks’ central protagonist. Featuring an insurance lawyer turned political pawn, Bridge of Spies promises a central narrative full of intrigue, court room drama, and conservative policies of international diplomacy, at home and abroad.
Based solely on the footage released in the new trailer, it appears as though Shakespearean actor Mark Rylance (who most recently starred in the TV drama Wolf Hall as historical character Thomas Cromwell) will do his best to portray the fears and paranoia of 1950’s America made manifest – playing a Soviet spy who Hanks will be forced to defend in a court of law (in Soviet occupied East Berlin). The trailer is full of dramatic tension throughout, and self-reportedly supports a a story less about its depicted men at arms, but rather one dealing with the information that informs their former action.
If what we’ve seen so far serves as any indication, Bridge of Spies should prove to be a thrilling and satisfying action-espionage thriller. And it doesn’t hurt that Spielberg has roped the Coen Brothers in to write the film’s script, which should hopefully serve to tamper the film’s historical drama to the hard reality of the times – depicted with an aesthetic verve and clinical eye for detail.
Bridge of Spies will see a theatrical release in the U.S. on October 16th, 2015.
Source: 20th Century Fox Film