Check out the official trailer that’s arrived for Netflix film The Trial of the Chicago 7, written & directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball, Steve Jobs) and boasting a cast that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Eddie Redmayne.
The film is based on the landmark 1968 trial that saw seven men charged by the US federal government with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and more charges concerned with anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protests. Talk about timely. As the trailer shows, Sorkin is touching on demonstrations, what could entice violence in protests, the political divide, police brutality, and racism; this could be the perfect time for the film to come out.
It certainly has a lot going for it. Hopefully it’s a winner. We’ll find out when The Trail of the Chicago 7, also starring recent Watchmen Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Succession Emmy winner Jeremy Strong, Frank Langella, Mark Rylance, Michael Keaton, John Carroll Lynch and Alex Sharp, 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.