The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is an upcoming courtroom drama film that is written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. The film will deal with the story of the Chicago Seven which is a milestone in the history of American politics.
The script of the film was written by Sorkin years ago and was originally set to be directed by Steven Spielberg. However, due to the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike and budget concerns, Spielberg dropped out. In October 2018, Sorkin was announced as the new director.
So when exactly will we able to see The Trial Of The Chicago 7 on-screen? Here’s everything we know so far about it.
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 – Release Date
The film was originally scheduled for a limited theatrical release on September 25, 2020, before releasing it worldwide on October 16, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the movie theater has remained closed and a theatrical release is not possible.
Netflix was reportedly seen negotiating to acquire the rights to the film. With a $56 million deal, The Trial Of The Chicago 7 will be released on October 16, 2020, on Netflix.
Filming of the film took place in the fall of 2019 in Chicago and around New Jersey. The film is releasing before the 2020 Presidential Election, so it has a good chance of succeeding with fans, critics, and at the box office.
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 – Expected Cast
The first images of this upcoming film were revealed by Netflix that showed a star-studded cast being roped in to play the characters. This will include –
- Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman
- Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden
- Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Bobby Seale
- Jeremy Strong as Jerry Rubin
- Mark Rylance as William Kunstler
- Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Fred Hampton
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Richard Schultz
- Frank Langella as Julius Hoffman
- William Hurt as John N. Mitchell
- Michael Keaton as Ramsey Clark
- Noah Robbins as Lee Weiner
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 – Storyline
This political drama film is based on a true story of the infamous trials of The Chicago Seven. They were a group of anti-Vietnam war protestors charged by the federal government with conspiracy, rioting, and other charges related to anti-establishment protests. These protests took place on the occasion of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
What was intended to be a peaceful protest turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard, along with the use of tear gas and batons on the crowds?
The trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history where all seven were acquitted of conspiracy. However, on November 21, 1972, the contempt charges were reversed and the convictions for inciting riots were also overturned.