"Is there any outcome here where I'm not either detained or shot?"

That's the question Tom Hanks' character must ask in Steven Spielberg's new Cold War thriller, "Bridge of Spies." Judging by the film's first trailer, the answer to that question is looking like a "no."

Based on a true story, Spielberg's follow-up to the Oscar-winning "Lincoln" casts Hanks as James Donovan, an insurance attorney forced to negotiate the release of a U.S. military pilot who is being held prisoner on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall after his plane was shot down.

As the deadline for the pilot's release looms and the threat of nuclear war rises, Donovan struggles to find a way to keep both himself and his charge alive.

So, it's a comedy, clearly.

Bridge of Spies - Trailer No. 1 - Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks ‚Äč
"Spies", co-written by the Coen Brothers, hits theaters October 16.