In Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, his first film since 2012’s Lincoln, the director returns to the scope of American history for a less familiar tale. The film depicts the intrigue surrounding James B. Donovan (played by Tom Hanks), a lawyer who’s engaged first in defending a Soviet spy captured on U.S. soil and then in exchanging a prisoner exchange, trading that spy to the U.S.S.R. in exchange for imprisoned Americans.
In a new clip from the film, Hanks engages in high-stakes negotiations on behalf of the Americans, suggesting that captured spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) will turn double agent if he, and his captured American counterpart, are not both set free. It’s a glimpse at Hanks’s surprising cunning in the role of Donovan, and the boundless bureaucracy he runs up against in the process.
Bridge of Spies comes out October 16.