Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game, The Social Network, The West Wing, Steve Jobs) will direct The Trial of the Chicago 7, which will star Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl, Les Misérables, Fantastic Beasts films) as Tom Hayden, Golden Globe winner Sacha Baron Cohen (Les Misérables, The Dictator, Borat, Bruno) as Abbie Hoffman, Seth Rogen (This is the End, Steve Jobs, The Disaster Artist, Knocked Up) as Jerry Rubin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, Looper, Snowden, The Walk) as Richard Schultz, Jonathan Majors (Hostiles, Lovecraft Country) as Bobby Seale, and Alex Sharp (To the Bone) as Rennie Davis.
Sorkin’s screenplay is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The story is set in 1968 and 1969, but it speaks directly to the divisiveness of our times and how young people can take on power and change the world.
Aaron Sorkin, acclaimed screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright works include Emmy Award-winning hits The West Wing (27 Emmy Awards) and The Newsroom. He won the Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network, and won the Golden Globe for Best Adapted Screenplay for Steve Jobs. He made his feature directorial debut in 2017 with Molly’s Game, which he also wrote.
“I’m thrilled to be making a movie about one of one of the craziest, funniest, most intense, most tragic and most triumphant trials in American history. C-7 may take place in the late ’60’s, but there’s no better time to tell this story than today,” said Sorkin.
Producing is Academy Award nominee Marc Platt, who received nods for producing Bridge of Spies and La La Land, which earned him a BAFTA and PGA win, respectively. His producing credits also include Mary Poppins Returns, The Girl on the Train and Into the Woods. He is joined by Matt Jackson, whose credits include Molly’s Game, The Journey, Snitch and End of Watch.
Rocket Science will handle the international rights and introduce to foreign buyers in Berlin next week.