The cast and premise of the new Netflix historical drama movie The Trial of the Chicago 7 has already attracted a lot of interest, and an intriguing first trailer for the film has now further increased the anticipation for its release.
With a bunch of big name actors including (deep breath), Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Mark Rylance, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, Succesion’s Jeremy Strong and Watchman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II all set to bring Aaron Sorkin’s script to life, it’s safe to say this will be something of an event release for the streaming service.
The film explores the story of the Chicago 7, a group of defendants charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot among the US counter-protests in 1968, when they had summoned a crowd of 15,000 to protest against the Vietnam War at the Democratic National Convention.
Prior to the launch of the trailer, Netflix had already released several first-look images of the movie, with some of its major stars visible.
Will never get over the big hair energy in these first look photos from THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7.
The latest from writer/director Aaron Sorkin, detailing the the trial that followed the protests at the ’68 Democratic National Convention, is on Netflix globally 16 October. pic.twitter.com/sZtKKAU9Pb
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) July 22, 2020
But when exactly will we see them all on screen? Here’s all we know so far.
When is The Trial of the Chicago 7 released on Netflix?
The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be released 16th October on Netflix.
The movie was originally set to be released in cinemas by studio Paramount on 25th September 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the release was postponed before the film was snapped up by Netflix in a deal reportedly worth $50m.
Who is starring in The Trial of the Chicago 7?
The movie see many of Hollywood’s biggest stars portray the seven defendants. While Sacha Baron Cohen will play Abbie Hoffman (a leader of the ‘flower power’ movement), the film also features Eddie Redmayne (as Tom Hayden), Jeremy Strong (Jerry Rubin) and John Carroll Lynch (David Dellinger).
Upcoming US stars Noah Robbins also feature (as Lee Weiner), alongside Alex Sharp (Rennie Davis) and Daniel Flaherty (John Froines).
Watchmen actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also stars as Black Panther activist Bobby Seale. Michael Keaton, Mark Rylance and William Hurt also take roles.
Who were the Chicago 7?
The Chicago 7 were a group of defendants accused of conspiracy and inciting to riot – alongside other charges linked to the anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protests in 1968.
The demonstrations took place over five days during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and involved over 15,000 people. Many arrests were made, with police using tear gas and batons on the crowds.
The US National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence would later declare the incident as a “police riot”.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 trailer
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”.
We also get a first glimpse of many of the film’s notable stars – including Sacha Baron Cohen and Joseph Gordon Levitt. You can watch the trailer in full below:
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