After a brief interruption caused by his stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, writer-director Aaron Sorkin has resumed casting his political drama The Trial of the Chicago 7, recruiting Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to join Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jonathan Majors and Alex Sharp, it was announced Friday.
Oscar winner Sorkin wrote the script, which chronicles the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the counterculture protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. While the story is set in the late-’60s, the film aims to empower young people during a particularly divisive time in our country.
Baron Cohen and Oscar winner Redmayne will star as Abbie Hoffman and Tom Hayden, respectively, while Majors will play Bobby Seale and Sharp will play Rennie Davis. Rogen has been cast as Jerry Rubin, and Gordon-Levitt is set to play Richard Schultz. Meanwhile, Michael Keaton is being eyed to play William Kunstler, and while the former Batman doesn’t come cheap, the chance to recite Sorkin’s juicy dialogue on the big screen may be hard to resist.
Trial of the Chicago 7 will serve as yet another reunion for Rogen and Gordon-Levitt, who co-starred in 50/50 and The Night Before. They have great chemistry together and I’m eager to see how their onscreen personas mesh with guys like Redmayne and Baron Cohen. Rogen also delivered one of the best performances of his career in Steve Jobs, which was written by Sorkin.
Marc Platt (La La Land) will produce along with Matt Jackson, who worked with Sorkin on The Social Network scribe’s directorial debut Molly’s Game. CAA Media Finance will represent the film’s U.S. rights and Rocket Science will begin shopping the project to foreign buyers in Berlin next week.
“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,” said Sorkin.
Rogen next stars opposite Charlize Theron in the comedy Long Shot, while Gordon-Levitt just wrapped a Netflix movie with Jamie Foxx. He’s represented by WME, while Rogen is repped by UTA.