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By Tim Sandle     May 23, 2014 in Entertainment
The Coen brothers have taken a surprise turn and are teaming up with Steven Spielberg to make a Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks.
Joel and Ethan Coen have made a number of acclaimed movies, including Fargo and No Country For Old Men. Steven Spielberg's list of movies is long and varied, but where the Coen's often go "left field," Spielberg has tended towards the mainstream. However, this is not the first time that the group have worked together. Tom Hanks starred in the Coens' 2004 remake of The Ladykillers; while Spielberg was an executive producer on the Coens' Western, True Grit, in 2010.
The new movie will be based on the true story of James Donovan, a US lawyer recruited by the CIA to negotiate the release of a pilot shot down over Russia in 1960. According to IGN, Hanks will has been cast in the Donovan role.
In terms of who will be doing what, the Coen brothers will write the script and Spielberg will direct.
Hanks has been involved with several Spielberg movies: The Terminal, Saving Private Ryan and Catch Me If You Can. The new project will be the Oscar winning actor's fourth collaboration with Spielberg.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg has a number of potential films in the pipeline. He is currently working on an adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book The BFG. Also in line is a religious period drama that DreamWorks is developing with The Weinstein Company; Robopocalypse, a sci-fi drama with Fox; and Montezuma, which tackles the drama between Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and the famous Aztec ruler.
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