Before Netflix acquired the rights to "The Trial of the Chicago 7" from Cross Creek Pictures this summer, the film was slated for an October 2 theatrical release from Paramount Pictures. Next month, they'll play key roles in "The Trial of the Chicago 7", an Aaron Sorkin movie headed to Netflix.
Check out the trailer below! Based on the true story, the film follows the trials of seven people who were a part of the anti-Vietnam War peaceful protests that turned violent at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation meant to undermine the US government.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 will likely be launched 16th October on Netflix.
The movie was initially going to be released in September 2020 but due to the ongoing health crisis Covid-19 pandemic, the makers canceled the theater release of the movie. Between that cast and the folk behind the camera, Netflix could be on to a big Oscar contender. It follows the activists Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale who organize protest marches at the Democratic convention.
The film also has as strong supporting cast including the likes of Kelvin Harrison Jr, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and John Carroll Lynch. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays an eighth man originally charged with the rest of the group, before his trial was severed, with Mark Rylance playing their lead defence attorney and Joseph Gordon-Levitt heading up the prosecution. Oscar victor Mark Rylance ("Bridge of Spies") plays William Kunstler, the attorney who defended the men alongside Belleville native Leonard Weinglass (Ben Shenkman, "Billions").
The Chicago 7 had been a gaggle of defendants accused of conspiracy and inciting to riot - alongside different expenses linked to the anti-Vietnam Struggle and countercultural protests in 1968. Demonstrators threw bricks, police responded with tear gas and the center of Chicago was engulfed in flames.
The film is an intriguing gear change for Sacha Baron Cohen as he moves from the caustic comedy he is known for to something more cerebral, though no doubt the outspoken satirist will be as cutting as ever.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be released on Netflix.
We also get a first glimpse of numerous film's notable stars - including Sacha Baron Cohen and Joseph Gordon Levitt.