Tobey Maguire (“Spider-Man” films) is attached to star in Universal’s The Crusaders, a drama about the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case.
Variety says Gary Ross is attached to direct, and Universal has hired “Recount” writer Danny Strong to write the script.
Maguire would play Jack Greenberg, who, as an idealistic lawyer fresh out of law school, joined with NAACP Legal Defense Fund head and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to win a Supreme Court case that ruled segregation in American schools illegal.
Bob Cooper is producing, and Ross and Maguire will be executive producers through Ross’s Universal-based Larger Than Life Productions.
Ross and Maguire teamed on Pleasantville and Seabiscuit.