A couple of years ago, Aaron Sorkin finally took the long-awaited leap into directing with the Jessica Chastain-starring Molly’s Game, which performed pretty well with critics, even if it only grossed $59 million at the box office (though it did outpace its production budget of $30 million). Now his new project, The Trial of the Chicago 7, has gained some real momentum, according to a new report from Deadline.
Paramount Pictures will be distributing the film domestically, and Cross Creek will be co-financing the flick alongside Amblin Partners. With all these pieces in place, the film now heads to an October production start date, with an eye toward a 2020 release date, right in the midst of the U.S. elections.
The outlet states that the film will cover the “1969 trial of anti-war activists charged by the federal government with conspiracy for their roles of fomenting protests that marred the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.”
Michael Keaton is a name that has been mentioned to join, but even if he doesn’t end up in it, it has an extensive cast, including Frank Langella, Mark Rylance, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jonathan Majors, and Alex Sharp. These seven will be playing Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, Richard Schultz, Bobby Seale, and Rennie Davis, who are all major players in the 1969 trial.
Given the bureaucratic nature of the story, it certainly seems right up Sorkin’s alley, and they couldn’t have timed it all out better if they tried.
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