From Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Aaron Sorkin, new historical drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 is packing a lot of talent.
The stars are set to unite on the new Netflix movie delving into the story of the Chicago 7, a group of defendants charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot among the US counter-protests in 1968. During that year’s Democratic National Convention, these key activists summoned a crowd of 15,000 to protest against the Vietnam War.
If the film’s premise hasn’t drawn you in, its cast will, with the likes of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and the aforementioned Redmayne set to star. Netflix recently released several first-look images of the movie, with its major stars visible.
But when exactly will we see them all on screen? Here’s all we know so far.
When is The Trial of the Chicago 7 released on Netflix?
The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be released 16th October on Netflix.
The movie was originally set to be released in cinemas by studio Paramount on 25th September 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the release was postponed before the film was snapped up by Netflix in a deal reportedly worth $50m.
Who is starring in The Trial of the Chicago 7?
The movie see many of Hollywood’s biggest stars portray the seven defendants. While Sacha Baron Cohen will play Abbie Hoffman (a leader of the ‘flower power’ movement), the film also features Eddie Redmayne (as Tom Hayden), Jeremy Strong (Jerry Rubin) and John Carroll Lynch (David Dellinger).
Upcoming US stars Noah Robbins also feature (as Lee Weiner), alongside Alex Sharp (Rennie Davis) and Daniel Flaherty (John Froines).
Watchmen actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also stars as Black Panther activist Bobby Seale. Michael Keaton, Mark Rylance and William Hurt also take roles.
Who were the Chicago 7?
The Chicago 7 were a group of defendants accused of conspiracy and inciting to riot – alongside other charges linked to the anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protests in 1968.
The demonstrations took place over five days during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and involved over 15,000 people. Many arrests were made, with police using tear gas and batons on the crowds.
The US National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence would later declare the incident as a “police riot”.
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