Few modern actor-director partnerships can compete with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. The duo has previously collaborated on such critical/commercial successes as Saving Private Ryan and Catch Me If You Can, as well as the less successful (but still quite lucrative) comedy/drama The Terminal. The pair are now poised to re-team for the historical drama Bridge of Spies, which opens in theaters during the second half of 2015.
The period piece tells the true story of American attorney James Donovan (Hanks), who was recruited by the CIA to negotiate the release of an American U-2 pilot whose plane went down in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The title Bridge of Spies refers to the bridge that links the former West Berlin to land that was previously under the control of East Germany.
Bridge of Spies hasn't receive a trailer just yet, but Dreamworks and Fox 2000 have begun to wind up the marketing machine with the first poster for the film, which you can see below. As expected, it plays up Tom Hanks' star power and the political history involved in the film's story. Aside from that, the only truly noteworthy about the poster (besides the hackneyed tagline inscribed on Hanks' cheek) is the hammer and sickle icon used as the Communist symbol during the Russian Revolution. Pitting the U.S. and Soviet flags on opposite sides of the poster is a slick visual way to illustrate the struggle that Hanks' character will face in the film.
In addition to Hanks and Spielberg, Bridge of Spies boasts a script co-written by Joel and Ethan Coen (as well as relative newcomer Matt Charman). So, with that pedigree behind it, there's certainly reason to be excited about the movie's artistic potential. It remains to be seen whether or not the film will go over with critics well enough to attract much attention during awards season - that largely depends on the execution of the film's narrative. Still, the addition of a supporting cast that includes Billy Magnussen, Alan Alda, Mark Rylance, and Amy Ryan surely won't hurt.
Alas, Bridge of Spies does mark Spielberg's first film in more than 30 years for which legendary composer John Williams will not be providing the music. Moreover, the historical element of the movie may not appeal to all viewers, which could limit its box office take. Nonetheless, Bridge of Spies is one to watch out for this fall; if the film works, it could be huge for both its star and the director behind it.
Bridge of Spies opens in U.S. theaters on October 16th, 2015.
Source: Dreamworks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures