Steven Spielberg is back in the directional chair with his latest film Bridge Of Spies, a Cold War spy thriller based on a historical biography and starring Tom Hanks as lawyer James Donovan.

Bridge of SpiesTom Hanks takes the lead in Steven Spielberg's latest film, Bridge Of Spies

Donovan is an insurance lawyer was finds himself flung deep into the espionage battle during the 1960s as he fights for the release of a downed U2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia.

Through back-channel negotiation, Donovan pushes for the swap of pilot Gary Powers, played by Austin Stowell, with Rudolf Abel, played by Mark Rylance, a suspected KGB spy who Donovan originally defended in a US courtroom in 1957.


Based on the 1960 U-2 incident and non-fiction novel of the same name by Giles Whittell, Donovan feels the full force of his home country as he pushes for a deal with the Soviets that the Americans don't want.

After almost a three-year hiatus as the man at the helm of a movie following 2012’s Lincoln, Spielberg’s trailer does not disappoint and paves the way for a more prolific stint from the director that includes Roald Dahl’s The BFG and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.

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He is, of course, also an executive producer on the eagerly anticipated fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park series: Jurassic World.

Bridge Of Spies is due to be released in the UK on October, 9 and in the US on October, 16. For a sneak peek, click here.