'The Trial of the Chicago 7' Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Plot

The Trial of the Chicago 7 has released its first trailer, which gives Aaron Sorkin fans the first glimpse of the all-star cast in action. The movie is Sorkin's first movie since the Oscar-nominated Molly's Game, and sees him create a plot out of the story of the Chicago Seven, a group of anti-Vietnam War activists charged with inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The move is set to be released in cinemas before coming to Netflix.

When is The Trial of the Chicago 7 coming out?

Originally set to be released just in cinemas, the movie is now coming to Netflix this fall. As revealed in the trailer, the movie will be released onto the streamer on Friday, October 16.

However, the film will get some sort of cinematic release. In the promo, it was revealed that the movie will be coming to "select theatres" in September. This is similar to previous Netflix movies like Marriage Story and The Irishman which got brief theatrical releases alongside their Netflix one.

Though Netflix has not announced exactly when The Trial of Chicago 7 will be released in cinemas (and which cinemas it is coming to), September 24 marks the 51st anniversary of the real Chicago Seven going on trial, so the distributors may decide to mark this event by showing the film on the big screen.

Who is in the cast of The Trial of Chicago 7?

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'The Trial of the Chicago 7' is streaming this October on Netflix. Netflix

The Netflix movie has compiled a large ensemble cast of stars to bring this true-life story to the screen, including multiple Oscar winners. Leading the cast as the eponymous Chicago Seven are:

  • Abbie Hoffman - Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Jerry Rubin - Jeremy Strong
  • David Dellinger - John Carroll Lynch
  • Tom Hayden - Eddie Redmayne
  • Rennie Davis - Alex Sharp
  • John Froines - Daniel Flaherty
  • Lee Weiner - Noah Robbins

Among the other cast members are Oscar winners and nominees like Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, Mark Rylance and William Hurt. The prosecutor in the Chicago Seven case, meanwhile, is being played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in his second Netflix movie of the year after Project Power.

What will happen in The Trial of the Chicago 7?

The official Netflix synopsis reads: "What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest—including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale—were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history."

Per its trailer, Sorkin has found a way to make the '60s-set story reflect today's protest movement. The real trial became a notorious media frenzy, with its presiding judge accused of bias and thousands of young people becoming radicalized as a result of the trial.

In a Vanity Fair interview, Sorkin highlighting the parallels between the Chicago Seven trial and today via an image from protestors outside the trial holding placards reading "American Love It or Leave It," "What About White Civil Rights?", and "Lock Them Up!"

He said of his movie to the magazine: "The movie was relevant when we were making it. We didn't need it to get more relevant, but it did. The polarization, the militarization of the police, the fear of Black activists, even the intramural battle between the left and the far left. To say nothing about [Black Panther] Fred Hampton being murdered by the police during the trial. At this performance the role of Mayor Daley is being played by Donald Trump."

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is released into selected cinemas in September and on Netflix on October 16.