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Craig Whyel

Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda headline the Steven Spielberg-directed, historical drama, Bridge of Spies.

Based on the true story known as the “1960 U-2 Incident,” Bridge of Spies is the story of a United States U-2 spy plane that was shot down over a Soviet airspace.

Francis Gary Powers, the pilot of the plane, worked for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), was captured and tried by the Soviets on charges of espionage.

In the film, Tom Hanks plays Jack Donovan, the United States attorney who negotiated the release of Francis Gary Powers (played by Austin Stowell), in exchange for the release of Soviet spy Rudolph Abel (played by Mark Rylance) who was arrested by the FBI on conspiracy charges.

Scribe Matt Charman wrote the screenplay along with filmmaker siblings Ethan and Joel Coen.

According to, this is the first collaboration between Tom Hanks and Steve Spielberg since The Terminal, eleven years ago. Tom Hanks is currently busy as a producer of a number of TV and film productions; among them is the mini-series, Lewis and Clark, slated for release next year.

Like Mr. Hanks, Steven Spielberg is involved in producing many projects. He recently directed The BFG, a fantasy film based on a novel by Roald Dahl. It will be released in the summer of 2016.

Bridge of Spies will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015.


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