Thomas Newman has been hired to score the upcoming spy thriller Bridge of Spies. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch and Alan Alda. The movie follows a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Matt Charman (Suite Francaise) and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo, The Big Lebowkski) have written the screenplay. Spielberg is also producing the DreamWorks and Fox 2000 production with Marc Platt (Drive, Into the Woods, Legally Blonde) and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The project marks Newman’s first collaboration with Spielberg and will be the director’s first movie not to be scored by John Williams since 1985’s The Color Purple. Williams was supposed to score the thriller, but according to a press release from the production companies, his “schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected”. Bridge of Spies is set to be released on October 16, 2015.