Netflix has released the first images from Aaron Sorkin‘s The Trial of the Chicago 7. The new images arrive just a few weeks after Sorkin’s sophomore directorial effort (following 2017’s Molly’s Game) was bought by the streaming giant from Paramount Pictures. With the Netflix purchase also came word that the film will be released on October 16, 2020, hinting at awards season ambitions for the star-studded historical drama.
Before we can watch The Trial of the Chicago 7, we should probably take a look at all nine new images released early Wednesday morning (via Vanity Fair). Among the new images, we get a look at Sorkin directing Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays prosecutor Richard Schultz; Sacha Baron Cohen and Jeremy Strong as Yippie activists Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, respectively; Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Bobby Seale, respectively, alongside defense attorney William Kunstler (Mark Rylance); and Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden, veteran of the Free Speech Movement.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 sees Sorkin not only taking the director’s chair for the second time, but returning to writing on political matters. The forthcoming Netflix movie will follow the dramatized events around the trial of seven political activists charged with conspiracy to incite a riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. In addition the the previously mentioned cast members, Trial of the Chicago 7‘s cast includes Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, and Alex Sharp. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Check out all the first look images below. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is coming October 16, 2020 to Netflix.