The first trailer for The Trial of the Chicago 7 is here. And if you somehow don't already know the story of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, basically open a window and look outside. The background will be scarily familiar.
We'll just let the Netflix synopsis set the stage:
What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest—including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale—were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.
Sound familiar? It's maybe the sort of thing that you wouldn't expect to be a gripping film. But then again Aaron Sorkin has a panache for making things like a trial some of the most gripping stories you'll see. (To wit: A Few Good Men.)
And if Sorkin isn't enough to pique your interest here, consider that The Trial of the Chicago 7 stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Michael Keaton, John Carroll Lynch and Alex Sharp.
In other words, this is gonna be good.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be in select theaters this month and available on Netflix on Oct. 16.
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