Michael Keaton joins The Trial of the Chicago 7

Michael Keaton has joined the star-studded cast of Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.The historical drama is based on the 1969 trial of seven men charged by the federal government with conspiracy and inciting to riot, a result of the countercul…

Michael Keaton has joined the star-studded cast of Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.

The historical drama is based on the 1969 trial of seven men charged by the federal government with conspiracy and inciting to riot, a result of the counterculture protests in Chicago at the Democratic National Convention in 1968.

The Birdman actor has been cast as Ramsey Clark while fellow new addition William Hurt will play John Mitchell, who of whom served as attorney general during the time.

They join a cast which includes Eddie Redmayne, who will portray Tom Hayden, an anti-war and civil rights activist in the 1960s who famously married Jane Fonda, and Sacha Baron Cohen, who will play Youth International Party co-founder Abbie Hoffman. Succession’s Jeremy Strong and The Hustle’s Alex Sharp have been cast as other members of the Chicago 7, while Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale, an eighth defendant who was severed from the trial.

Frank Langella will take on the role of Judge Julius Hoffman, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mark Rylance have been cast as attorneys.

Famed screenwriter Sorkin, who made his directorial debut with 2017’s Molly’s Game, will direct from his own script.

The project has been in development for more than a decade, with Steven Spielberg, Paul Greengrass, and Ben Stiller considering directing before Sorkin signed on in October 2018. The film got off to a rocky start as producers pulled the plug over budget issues in December, while it was in pre-production ahead of a February shoot.

Filming finally began on Friday, with locations including Chicago and New Jersey.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 will have a limited release from 25 September 2020 before an expansion on 2 October.

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Aaron Sorkin’s Chicago 7 film back on

Aaron Sorkin’s drama about the Chicago 7 activists is back on after producers secured deals with distributors in multiple countries. The Trial Of The Chicago 7, which will be directed by the Oscar-winning screenwriter and star Eddie Redmayne and Sacha…

Aaron Sorkin’s drama about the Chicago 7 activists is back on after producers secured deals with distributors in multiple countries.

The Trial Of The Chicago 7, which will be directed by the Oscar-winning screenwriter and star Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen, was in pre-production – ahead of a start date this month (Feb19) – when producers pulled the plug over budget issues in December (18).

However, according to Deadline, Sorkin has received a lot of attention from distributors and the project will now begin production early this summer (19).

Redmayne is still on board to play Students for a Democratic Society co-founder Tom Hayden, an anti-war and civil rights activist in the 1960s who famously married Jane Fonda, in the film, which is based on Brett Morgen’s documentary, Chicago 10: Speak Your Peace, about the 1969 trial of seven defendants charged with conspiracy in connection with the counter-culture protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Baron Cohen will play late Youth International Party co-founder Abbie Hoffman, while Seth Rogen will portray late activist Jerry Rubin, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will tackle prosecutor Richard Schultz. Jonathan Majors will also appear in the film, as political activist Bobby Seale and Alex Sharp will be spiritual lecturer Rennie Davis.

The movie has been in development at Amblin Partners for a decade and at one point company boss Steven Spielberg was planning to direct.

Paul Greengrass and Ben Stiller also considered directing the film before Sorkin signed on in October (18).

The project will be Sorkin’s second directorial effort following 2017’s Molly’s Game.

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Aaron Sorkin contemplating The Social Network sequel

Writer-turned-filmmaker Aaron Sorkin is seriously contemplating revisiting his 2010 movie The Social Network for a sequel. The West Wing creator won an Oscar for adapting the story of Facebook’s beginnings for the big screen, with the movie starring J…

Writer-turned-filmmaker Aaron Sorkin is seriously contemplating revisiting his 2010 movie The Social Network for a sequel.

The West Wing creator won an Oscar for adapting the story of Facebook’s beginnings for the big screen, with the movie starring Jesse Eisenberg as tech genius Mark Zuckerberg, and chronicling the various lawsuits he faced from platform co-founder Eduardo Saverin, played by Andrew Garfield, and the Winklevoss twins, portrayed by Armie Hammer, during the company’s early years.

In the time since the project’s success, there have been multiple controversies involving the social media giant, with one of the biggest headlines emerging last year (18), when it was discovered that a major security breach had allowed bosses at political data firm Cambridge Analytica to allegedly harvest millions of users’ profiles to help influence voters via social media.

Sorkin admits producer Scott Rudin has been actively encouraging him to write a follow-up to The Social Network, and he has some ideas about what a sequel could entail.

“First of all, I know a lot more about Facebook in 2005 than I do in 2018 – but I know enough to know that there should be a sequel,” he told The Associated Press.

“A lot of very interesting dramatic stuff has happened since the movie ends…,” he continued. “And Scott, who produced The Social Network, I’ve gotten more than one email from him with an article attached saying, ‘Isn’t it time for a sequel?'”

Sorkin does not actually reveal whether or not he will be writing The Social Network 2, but if he decides to take on the project, he will be hoping to replicate the success of the original.

The movie, directed by David Fincher and co-starring Justin Timberlake, earned $224.9 million (£174.9 million) at the global box office from a $40 million (£31.3 million) budget. It also picked up eight Oscar nominations, and winning three, including Best Original Score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and Best Film Editing.

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