“If the government wins, The Washington Post will cease to exist,” warns one character during the trailer.
The trailer debuted during “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” Tuesday night, as the host called it “a Marvel trailer if Meryl Streep was playing Thor.”
The movie gets a limited release on Dec. 22 — just in time for Oscars voting — which is no small feat, considering the film was only just announced this past March. That’s an uncommonly fast turnaround. The timing couldn’t be better for news organizations that have weathered accusations of “fake news” for the past year. Like 2016’s best picture winner, “Spotlight,” “The Post” is about journalists willing to hold powerful institutions accountable.
This won’t be the first time a story about The Washington Post vies for awards glory. “All the President’s Men” won four Oscars in 1977, though the movie lost the best picture prize to “Rocky.” However, Jason Robards, who played Bradlee, won for best supporting actor.
“The Post” opens wide Jan. 12.