Aaron Sorkin’s second directorial effort, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” has added one more to its ranks with Michael Keaton joining the roster of the long in the works project.
Sorkin penned the film originally for Steven Spielberg to direct, but the project stalled just before filming began due to budgetary concerns from Amblin Partners. Paramount Pictures took over and Sorkin himself is now taking the helm of the project which has also just been delayed a week and will now open October 2nd 2020.
Sacha Baron Coen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, William Hurt, Mark Rylance, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, and Frank Langella star in the film based on the 1969 trial of seven defendants charged with conspiracy against the federal government in the wake of the Chicago protests following the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Keaton will play real-life progressive lawyer Ramsey Clark, a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement. Filming will take place in Chicago and New Jersey.