Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’ May Star Sacha Baron Cohen

Posted by October 28, 2018 Comment

While we’ll never get to see what COULD HAVE BEEN with Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Freddie Mercury biopic, we will get to see the actor tackle an Aaron Sorkin-directed (and written) film.

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen
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Sorkin has already written the script for Trial of the Chicago 7, which chronicles the 7 Americans taken to court by the United States on the basis of crimes related to conspiracy and anti-war protests during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968.

Originally, Steven Spielberg was going to direct the film, but has chosen to produce through Amblin Entertainment instead.

According to Variety, Cohen is eyeing the roll of Abbie Hoffman, co-founder of the Youth International Party (you know, the Yippies). What makes this more interesting is it’s not the first time Cohen has approached playing Hoffman. Apparently in 2008, Cohen was in talks to play the role for another version of the story, but, the Sorkin version [hopefully] will be worth waiting for.

The actual trial of Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner went on for five months, with an unbudging Judge who’s views on the subject matter were VERY apparent.

No word on who else may be joining the film yet, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.

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(Last Updated October 28, 2018 12:04 pm )

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