The Trial of the Chicago 7 adds Thomas Middleditch and Max Adler to cast
Following the recent additions of Michael Keaton, William Hurt, and J.C. MacKenzie, Collider reports that Emmy nominee Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and Glee alum Max Adler have joined the star-studded ensemble cast of Paramount Pictures‘ forthcoming drama film The Trial of the Chicago 7. Written and directed by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin, the film is first scheduled for a limited release on September 25, 2020, and for a wide theatrical release on October 2, 2020.
Middleditch is best known for his role as Richard Hendricks in HBO’s award-winning comedy Silicon Valley which is currently airing for its sixth and final season. His film credits include The Final Girls, The Wolf of Wall Street, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Zombieland: Double Tap which is now playing in theaters.
Meanwhile, Adler will also serve as a co-executive producer along with Matt Jackson. Marc Butan and Anthony Katagas. The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be produced by Oscar nominee Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies, La La Land), Stuart Besser, and Tyler Thompson.
Sorkin’s second directorial effort will feature Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald) as Tom Hayden, Oscar-nominee Sacha Baron Cohen (Who is America?) as Abbie Hoffman, Emmy-nominee Seth Rogen (The Lion King) as Jerry Rubin, Golden Globe-nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Snowden) as Richard Schultz, Jonathan Majors (White Boy Rick) as Bobby Seale, Alex Sharp (The Hustle) as Rennie Davis and Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Luce, Waves). This will mark Gordon-Levitt and Rogen’s third major pairing after 50/50 and The Night Before, while Redmayne and Cohen appeared together in 2012’s Les Misérables.
Based on a true story, The Trial of the Chicago 7 follows protesters who disrupted the 1968 Democrat party convention with an anti-Vietnam war “carnival” that turned nasty. Demonstrators threw bricks, police responded with tear gas and the center of Chicago was engulfed in flames. Curfews only escalated the violence.
After the clashes, independent investigators blamed eight police officers and eight protesters including Hoffman, who had already disrupted the New York Stock Exchange with showers of fake money. The police were not charged but the protesters were accused of inciting a riot. One was jailed for contempt, leaving the seven to fight the charges.
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