Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen Board Aaron Sorkin's 'Chicago 7'
The drama is about the 1969 trial of seven men who were charged by the federal government with conspiracy for protesting at the chaotic 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Sorkin said, "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.”
The cast includes Eddie Redmayne as defendant/activist Tom Hayden, Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman, Alex Sharp as Rennie Davis, and Rogen as Jerry Rubin (who famously showed up to trial wearing judges' robes). Gordon-Levitt will play prosecutor Richard Schultz. Jonathan Majors is playing Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale.
Michael Keaton is reportedly being sought for the role of William Kunstler, the radical lawyer and civil rights activist who defended the Chicago 7.
Production is scheduled for late summer. Shooting was originally set to begin in February.
"Chicago 7" will be Oscar- and Emmy-winning writer Sorkin's second film as director: He made his feature directorial debut in 2017 with "Molly’s Game," which he also wrote.