The focus of director Steven Spielberg’s much-anticipated new movie, “The Papers,” production of which kicked off last month, is The Washington Post (and, secondarily, The New York Times) and the sturm und drang surrounding the Pentagon Papers in 1971.
But The Boston Globe will have a piece of the action, too. We’re told actor Neal Huff has signed on to play then-Globe editor Tom Winship, who made the tough call to publish a portion of the Pentagon Papers after a federal judge (temporarily) enjoined the Post and the Times from publishing any more of the classified report on US military history in Vietnam.
Huff’s name may not be familiar, but his face will be. In “Spotlight,” director Tom McCarthy’s Oscar-winning movie based on the Boston Globe series uncovering sexual abuse by clergy in the Roman Catholic Church, Huff played Phil Saviano, the priest sex abuse victim who was head of the local chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
And that’s not the only “Spotlight” connection. Josh Singer, who co-wrote the “Spotlight” screenplay with McCarthy — it earned the pair the Oscar for best original screenplay — was brought in by Spielberg to tweak “The Papers” script.
“The Papers” stars Tom Hanks as Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, Meryl Streep as Post publisher Katharine Graham, and Matthew Rhys as Daniel Ellsberg. The cast also includes Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, and Zach Woods.