The Trial of the Chicago 7, The upcoming legal drama movie was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. The film is about the Chicago Seven, a group of seven anti-Vietnam war protesters charged with conspiracy in late 1969. The screenplay for this movie was written in 2007, but due to a strike in 2007 and budget concerns, it didn’t work out. So finally, filming took place in Chicago in 2019 and around New Jersey.
The movie was supposed to make it on the big screen under Paramount Pictures, but due to a coronavirus outbreak, the rights for the movie were sold to Netflix. The film is all set to release on Netflix on October 16, 2020.
The Trial of the Chicago 7: Cast
The star cast includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Bobby Seale, Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman, Daniel Flaherty as John Froines, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Richard Schultz, Michael Keaton as Ramsey Clark, Frank Langella as Julius Hoffman, John Carroll Lynch as David Dellinger, Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden, Noah Robbins as Lee Weiner, Mark Rylance as William Kunstler and Alex Sharp as Rennie Davis and many more actors will be seen with their powerful performances.
The Trial of the Chicago: Plot
Based on a true story, the movie is about seven defendants charged for conspiracy by the federal government in 1969 and 1970. They were arrested for conspiracy for stimulating a riot and other charges related to the anti-Vietnam war that took place in Chicago on the Democratic National Convention in 1968.
The Trial of the Chicago 7: Trailer
The powerful trailer was released two days ago, and the initial scene was with shots inside and outside the courtroom filled with people with a defense attorney, William Kuntsler, asking Abbie Hoffman, “Do you know why you are here?”
The crowd is shouting on top of their lungs, “The world is watching.” And as they continue calling, we see Tom Hayden saying, “Martin is dead, Bobby is dead, Jesus is dead. They tried it peacefully. We are going to try something else.”
Richard Schultz asks Hoffman, “when you came to Chicago, were you hoping to draw the police into a confrontation? And when he doesn’t answer right away, Schultz says, “I’m concerned you have to think about it.” Hoffman says,” Give me a moment, would you, friend? I’ve never been on trial for my thoughts before,” and then the trailer comes to an end.