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.