Netflix has dropped the first images from Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. The film, considered to be a major awards contender, was first set for a theatrical release via Paramount. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Netflix picked up the film’s global rights. With these images also came the announcement of an Oct. 16 release date at the streaming giant.
The film “follows the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the counterculture protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government.”
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II co-stars in the film as Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale, with Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alex Sharp, Thomas Middleditch, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton, Mark Rylance also starring. Kelvin Harrison Jr. is also in the film as Black Panther Party activist Fred Hampton.
Unless Warner Bros.’ The Untitled Fred Hampton Project doesn’t come out until 2021, this would be the second film to feature Hampton this year. Daniel Kaluuya is playing him in that film.
Check out more of the images below, which first dropped on Vanity Fair: