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.
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.