Steven Spielberg's new film The Post has been banned in Lebanon.
The Sixties-set political drama, which stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, has reportedly been denied a certificate by the Lebanese censorship board.
The reason given, according to entertainment industry journal The Hollywood Reporter, is that the director’s name is on a ‘boycott Israel’ list because he shot some scenes of his Oscar-winning Schindler's List in Jerusalem.
The news comes just days before the film’s Lebanon premiere.
Local distributor Italia Film lists the film as opening in the territory on January 18.
A spokesperson for Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment was unwilling to comment on the ban at this time because the company has not yet received official word on the matter from the Lebanese distributor.
The film, which details an investigation into a US government cover-up during the Vietnam War, has been doing brisk business in other territories. Industry site The Numbers lists its worldwide box office as close to $30million in its first month.
Gal Gadot’s superhero epic Wonder Woman was previously banned in Lebanon, with her service in the IDF cited as the reason.
In the past three years at least five films directed or produced by Spielberg have been successfully released in Lebanon, including Bridge of Spies and The BFG.
The JC has requested a clarification from the Lebanese embassy.