THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (L to R) J.C. MACKENZIE as Thomas Foran and JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT as Richard Schultz in THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7. Cr. NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX © 2020

The Trial of The Chicago 7 starring Sacha Baron Cohen

The Trial of The Chicago 7 is a drama film. The director and writer of the film is Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin.

Cast

Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden
Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman
Alex Sharp as Rennie Davis
Jeremy Strong as Jerry Rubin
John Carroll Lynch as David Dellinger
Noah Robbins as Lee Weiner
Daniel Flaherty as John Froines
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Bobby Seale
Mark Rylance as William Kunstler
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Richard Schultz
Ben Shenkman as Leonard Weinglass
J. C. MacKenzie as Tom Foran
Frank Langella as Judge Julius Hoffman
Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Fred Hampton
Michael Keaton as Ramsey Clark
John Doman as John N. Mitchell
Wayne Duvall as Paul DeLuca
Caitlin FitzGerald as Daphne O’Connor
Max Adler and C. J. Wilson as Officer Stan Wojohowski and Sergeant Scott Scibelli
Damian Young as Howard Ackerman
Alice Kremelberg as Bernardine
Alan Metoskie as Allen Ginsberg

The Trial of the Chicago 7. Alex Sharp as Rennie Davis, Jeremy Strong as Jerry Rubin, John Carroll Lynch as David Dellinger, Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman, Aaron Sorkin as Writer / Director in The Trial of the Chicago 7. Cr. Niko Tavernise/NETFLIX © 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7. Alex Sharp as Rennie Davis, Jeremy Strong as Jerry Rubin, John Carroll Lynch as David Dellinger, Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman, Aaron Sorkin as Writer / Director in The Trial of the Chicago 7. Cr. Niko Tavernise/NETFLIX © 2020

Synopsis

What was intended to be a peaceful protest, ended up turning into violence The organizers of the protest included Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale. They were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot. The trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.

Statement from writer-director Aaron Sorkin

When I started out, I had the trial transcript, a half-dozen books about the riot and the trial, and one eye-witness — Tom Hayden. [Who passed away in 2016.] It was from Tom that I got a sense of the friction that existed between him and Abbie. But with all this information, I still didn’t quite know how to make it much more than a dramatized Wikipedia page.

I’d been working on the script for two years at that point, but it was the first time anyone ( director Paul Greengrass) asked me to tell them the story. I talked about the riot and the trial that followed and said, ‘In the middle of this were these two guys — brothers separated at birth — who couldn’t stand each other even though they had the same goals, but in the end, they come to respect each other.’ Paul said, ‘Write about the brothers.’ That’s when things began to get organized in my head.

Release date

The film will be available on Netflix on October 16, 2020.

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