DreamWorks and Disney have declassified the first trailer for "Bridge of Spies,"
Set for release Oct. 16, the fact-based drama tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn insurance lawyer who risked his reputation and his family's safety to ensure a fair trial for Rudolf Abel (Rylance), a Soviet spy arrested by the FBI in 1957.
"Everyone deserves a defense," Donovan tells his wife (Ryan) in the trailer. "Every person matters."
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Though Donovan would lose the trial, his commitment to justice and skill in the courtroom impressed the CIA, which recruited him a few years later to slip behind the Iron Curtain and negotiate a prisoner swap, trading Abel for Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell), the pilot of a U-2 spy plane that was shot down over the Soviet Union.
As seen in the trailer, Donovan heads to Berlin, a city divided by barbed wire and concrete blocks, and dives into a world of spycraft and shadowy back-room dealing. This at a time when, as one voice says, "We are engaged in a war with the Soviet Union. This war does not for the moment involve men-at-arms. It involves information."
A well-known history buff, Spielberg directed "Bridge of Spies" from a script originally penned by English playwright and television writer Matt Charman and then worked on by Joel and
Considering the top-level talent involved, the intriguing but not particularly well-known historical angle and the fall release date, "Bridge of Spies" could emerge as an awards-season player.
Watch the full trailer above.
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