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"The Trial of the Chicago 7" is finally getting underway.

The political drama, which has been in development for years, is close to getting made. Variety reports that Aaron Sorkin has signed on to direct and Sacha Baron Cohen is in talks to star.

The movie tells the true story of the 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, related to the anti-Vietnam and countercultural protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The trial captivated the already-divided country.

Sorkin himself wrote the script more than a decade ago and Steven Spielberg wanted to direct. Then, the writers' strike happened and the project landed in development hell. Last year, Spielberg, who is still producing the film, saw Sorkin's directorial debut "Molly's Game" and recruited him to come on board.

Baron's name has been in the mix since Spielberg was attached. He most recently starred in his controversial Showtime series "Who Is America?" and is currently filming Netflix's "The Spy."