Steven Spielberg’s New Film Now Titled Bridge Of Spies

Cold war thriller is untitled no longer


by Owen Williams |
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Steven Spielberg completed shooting on his Untitled Cold War Thriller last year without ever settling on a name. That appears now to have changed, however, since screenwriter Marc Platt has casually revealed that it's actually called **Bridge Of Spies. Tom Hanks stars in the film, which boasts a screenplay begun by Matt Charman and overhauled by the Coen Brothers.

The story is based on the true-life tale of James Donovan (Hanks); a lawyer who was pushed headfirst into the Cold War during the 1960s when he had to negotiate for the release of downed U2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers after the airman was shot down over Russia.

The title as it now stands refers to the popular Cold War nickname for what's now the Glienicke Bridge connecting Wannsee and Potsdam: East and West Germany at the time the film is set. Its official name then was the Bridge of Unity, but it garnered its alternate moniker due to its notoriety as a prisoner exchange point for Western and Soviet powers.

Hanks' supporting cast for the film includes Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Austin Stowell, Billy Magnussen and the suddenly ubiquitous Mark Rylance. It's also just been revealed that Spielberg's regular honcho John Williams will be composing the score.

Filming took place in Berlin and New York, and Bridge Of Spies is out in the UK on October 9.

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