Michael Keaton & Sacha Baron Cohen Join The Cast

Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial Of The Chicago 7 has set a release date and added Michael Keaton to its already stellar cast. The film, which is based on true events, has been in development hell for quite some time.

Now, however, The Trial of the Chicago 7 has entered the final stages of pre-production, with Sorkin now calling the shots.

Other big names joining alongside Keaton are William Hurt and J.C. MacKenzie. Keaton has recently appeared in such Best Picture Oscar winners as Birdman and Spotlight. MacKenzie will next be seen in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.

The upcoming movie is based on the 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the US federal government with conspiracy, including Abbie Hoffman.

Abbie Hoffman

Social activist Hoffman played an active role in promoting the civil rights movement and protesting against American’s political system. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1980 and committed suicide by a phenobarbital overdose at 52 in April 1989.

Alongside Abbie, the Chicago 7 consisted of Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner. The group was first named the Chicago 8, but Black Panther founder Bobby Seale had his trial severed during the proceedings.

Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Strong, Alex Sharp, and Frank Langella also star and The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is set to begin playing in U.S. theaters nationwide on October 2, 2020, after opening in limited release a week earlier.