Steven Spielberg has begun principal photography on an untitled Cold War spy thriller starring Tom Hanks. The film also stars Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda, and will shoot on location in New York and Berlin.
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.
20th Century Fox is co-financing the film with DreamWorks in association with Participant Media, and will distribute internationally. Disney will handle domestic distribution, while DreamWorks’ partner, Reliance, will oversee distribution in India. In addition to directing, Spielberg will produce the film with Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The executive producers are Adam Somner and Daniel Lupi. The screenplay is by Joel and Ethan Coen and Matt Charman based on a pitch by Charman. The film will be released on October 16, 2015.