“Give me a moment would you, friend? I’ve never been on trial for my thoughts before.”
The trailer has arrived for The Trial of the Chicago 7, an upcoming Netflix film both written and directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball, Steve Jobs). The film tells the true story of seven men who, surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention, where charged by the federal government with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protests.
It sure has the makings of a prestige awards pic. The themes are most certainly timely, the case remains an important moment in US history, and that cast is great. Delivering what will hopefully be another cracking Sorkin script are Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, John Carroll Lynch and Alex Sharp.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be hitting select US cinemas and begins streaming on Netflix on October 16th.
Official synopsis for The Trial of the Chicago 7:
What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest—including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale—were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.