It’s always an event when a new Steven Spielberg film is coming up, and with this fall’s Bridge of Spies, the filmmaker makes his first foray into the spy thriller genre. Based on a true story, Tom Hanks plays James Donovan, a lawyer who worked on behalf of the CIA to secretly negotiate the release of a U.S. pilot shot down over Soviet airspace in 1960. This trailer offers a more full-bodied look at the movie, as we see Spielberg and Hanks deftly handling Donovan’s story both at home before the mission, and abroad when tensions run high.
I’m incredibly excited for this movie. My only complaint is that visually it looks like a slightly more colorized Clint Eastwood film, but it’s hard to judge the palate based solely on these trailers. Everyone knows that Spielberg is one of the best filmmakers in history, but I don’t think he gets enough credit for his versatility. He’s proven adept at handling everything from sci-fi noir to horror to 60s romp, and I can’t wait to see what his take on the spy genre entails.
Watch the new UK trailer below. Written by Matt Charman and Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, the film also stars Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, and Alan Alda. Bridge of Spies opens in theaters on October 16th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Bridge of Spies:
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.