Even after his many highs and lows, I always look forward to a new Aaron Sorkin project. The Trial of the Chicago 7 has been in the works for more than a decade, first with Steven Spielberg at the helm, and then more recently with Sorkin coming on board after 2017's underrated Molly's Game. This version was originally set up at Paramount, but then the pandemic caused the studio to rethink their strategy and sold the film to Netflix for a reported $56 million.
This project has an all-star cast including Academy Award nominees Michael Keaton and Frank Langella; Academy Award winners Eddie Redmayne and Mark Rylance; new Emmy nominees Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jeremy Strong; and some of my favorite actors: Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Carroll Lynch, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. That's a hell of a lineup.
After the troubled 1968 Democratic National Convention, where cops and protesters clashed, several activists were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot. After a summer of protests, that couldn't be more timely. The film will focus on the trial, and there are few things Aaron Sorkin knows better than a courtroom scene. That should make this one of my favorite movies of 2020.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 will arrive on Netflix on October 16.