Trial Of The Chicago 7: first trailer for Aaron Sorkin's new film

Brenda Watkins
September 14, 2020

The Trial of the Chicago 7 hits limited theaters this month and arrives on Netflix on October 16, 2020.

"The Trial of the Chicago 7" will bow on Netflix on October 16, placing itself as a strong awards contender.

Check out the trailer below! Written and directed by Sorkin, the drama, based on a true story, is centered on the fraught trial of a group of men who organized protests during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation meant to undermine the USA government.

The cast includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, and Jeremy Strong. Sorkin in fact wrote a script surrounding the Chicago 7 trial back in 2007 but it was continually delayed until recently, perhaps the flawless moment for a film about governments obstructing justice, a manipulated legal system, fractured race relations and the right to peaceful protest. The first Trial of the Chicago 7 trailer has arrived, and it looks like it will be one of the most gripping movies of the year. Organizers Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Bobby Seale and Tom Hayden were charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot.

Who is starring in The Trial of the Chicago 7?

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Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and Scarlett Johansson were among those to have supplied the celebrity panache at last year's festival. The annual gathering in the Italian city is one of the "big three" film festivals, alongside Cannes and Berlin.

Watchmen actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also stars as Black Panther activist Bobby Seale.

Writer and director Aaron Sorkin has previously given us some awesome based-on-true-story projects, from The Social Network to Moneyball to Steve Jobs, but even those heavy-hitting awards-magnets pale in the current significance of this movie, and he's assembled an absolutely incredibly stacked cast to bring it all to life.

The US Nationwide Fee on the Causes and Prevention of Violence would later declare the incident as a "police riot".

The first trailer for the film was released in September 2020, beginning with a shot from the court scene before flashing back to the events which saw the defendants put on trial - while a chorus of protesters repeatedly chant, "the whole world is watching".

The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be released on Netflix. We'll leave you with the film's official synopsis...

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