First Glance: “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

The Trial of the Chicago 7

One of the most anticipated movies of the Fall got its first trailer over the weekend. “The Trial of the Chicago 7” was originally slated to be released in theaters by Paramount but was sold to Netflix following the COVID-19 theater closings. The star-studded Aaron Sorkin legal drama features names like Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Michael Keaton, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, William Hurt, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. among others. Talk about an attention-getting cast.

The film follows the Chicago 7, a group of anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protesters who were arrested and charged with inciting riots (among other things) at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The group’s diverse makeup of political activists, flower children, anarchists, and revolutionary socialists made them easy targets. Sorkin’s film doesn’t seem afraid to get its hands dirty which is the only way to really dig into this story. Hopefully this is a fact-based retelling. If so it could be something special.

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” premieres October 16th on Netflix. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

20 thoughts on “First Glance: “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

  1. Despite my disdain towards Eddie Redmayne, I do want to see this mainly because of Aaron Sorkin as well as the fact that this is a story that seems like the right time to talk about right now. My dad lived through that period.

  2. Redmayne can turn his hand to anything, don’t you worry. Everything I’ve seen Sacha Baren Cohen ( probably not the right spelling) in has repulsed me thus far, but Levitt, Keaton, Roland and Hurt! Too intriguing not to at least try it!

  3. STRONG CAST, excellent writer, perfect timing for the subject, 100% going to see it. I love every name I see here that I know. Cohen is one of my favorites for comedy. I watched an episode of him in a straight role as a spy on netflix and didn’t care for it. I’m hoping the change of topic, location, etc. will help transition him successfully to serious roles (while keeping comedy in his repertoire of course.) I know he has it in him!

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