The trailer for The Trial of the Chicago 7 serves up blood-pumping Aaron Sorkinisms

In this year of intense civil rights debate and protests, there may be no better time to look backwards in history, to the earth-shattering protest movements of the 1960s and ’70s. Which means Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming film The Trial of the Chicago 7 is arriving with an eerie sense of déjà vu.

Following the notorious clash between peaceful protestors and law enforcement at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, The Trial of the Chicago 7 features a star-studded cast of international talent, all playing the real people who changed the face of law and order in the United States.

With The West Wing‘s Aaron Sorkin directing and writing the script, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is in very qualified hands as a political drama. The film will be available to Netflix subscribers on October 16, and will screen in select cinemas during the month of October.

The blood-pumping trailer below gives you a good idea of the complex historical characterisations Sorkin has in store.

The cast includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, and Jeremy Strong (phew!!), amongst other character acting greats.