Captain America: Civil War star Chadwick Boseman will portray Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in Reginald Hudlin’s new bio pic, which will follow Marshall through a pivotal case early in his career.
The film will focus on an earlier case in Marshall’s career. In the 1940s the NAACP sent Marshall to Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur accused of sexual assault and attempted murder by his wealthy white employer. Because of Connecticut’s segregationist policies Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman, a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case. Marshall and Friedman struggle against a hostile storm of fear and prejudice, driven to discover the truth in the sensationalized trial which helped set the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement to come.
Hudlin will direct a script from Jacob Koskoff (Macbeth) and his father Michael, a noted trial lawyer. Hudlin, who produced Django Unchained, will co-produce alongside Paula Wagner (Mission Impossible) under her Chestnut Ridge Productions shingle, Jonathan Sanger (The Elephant Man), and Super Hero’s Jun Dong.
Boseman is no stranger to portraying historical figures. Recently he played James Brown in Get on Up and trailblazing baseball player Jackie Robinson in Brian Helgeland’s 42. He will next be seen as Black Panther in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and as the Egyptian god of knowledge Thoth in Gods of Egypt.
Michael O'Sullivan | Contributor