Bridge of Spies (film) James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer, finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Directed by Steven Spielberg. A Dreamworks Picture, released in the U.S. by Touchstone on October 16, 2015. Stars Tom Hanks (James Donovan), Mark Rylance (Rudolf Abel), Scott Shepherd (Hoffman), Amy Ryan (Mary) Sebastian Koch (Vogel), Alan Alda (Thomas Watters). Filmed in widescreen format. 141 min. Mark Rylance won the Oscar for Supporting Actor.