First look: Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War drama ‘Bridge of Spies’

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg enjoyed one of the greatest successes of their careers with the World War II epic “Saving Private Ryan” back in 1998. The two friends have teamed up once again for “Bridge of Spies,” a far more intimate film set in the dark days of the Cold War. (Below, watch the tension-filled trailer.)

In this compelling true story, Hanks plays James Donovan, a lawyer defending accused Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance). After his client is found guilty, Donovan is asked to bring about the return of an American pilot, Frances Gary Powers (Austin Stowell), shot down over Russian airspace. The legal eagle has to use all his skills as a negotiator when he finds himself drawn into a high-stakes poker game between the two superpowers. 

Disney and DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures have slated “Bridge of Spies” for release on Oct. 16. Expect it to play at least one of the festivals prior to that. Indeed, it could well be the closing night entry at New York Film Festival, which wraps on Oct. 12. Hanks’ last big awards contender, “Captain Phillips,” opened this fest two years ago. 

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