British filmmaker Justin Chadwick (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Tulip Fever”) is in negotiations to helm an untitled biopic about lawyer Johnnie Cochran that stars Anthony Mackie (“Captain America: Civil War”) in the role.
David McMillan penned the script which deals with the 1981 wrongful death case of college football star Ron Settles who hung himself in a city jail cell in despair over his arrest for speeding.
Cochran suspected foul play and persuaded the Settles family to request that the body be exhumed for an autopsy, which showed Settles had been choked to death and his family was subsequently awarded $1 million in a civil suit.
Cochran remains best known for his defense of O.J. Simpson in the 1995 murder case and was memorably played by Courtney B. Vance in FX’s recent “American Crime Story” series.