“The Trial Of The Chicago 7” Goes To Netflix: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Stars As Black Panther Co-Founder Bobby Seale

by Duke Magazine

What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention was inadvertently turned into a violent clash between activist, police and the National Guard. The historic four day long protest lasted from August 26th to August 29th. It was in response to the nation wide disapproval of America’s involvement in the Vietnam war. 

Prior to the convention, the tension was already high amongst many Americans, following the death of legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King on the 4th of April of that year.

The film is centered around the organizers of the protest—Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Black Panthers co-founder Bobby Seale, who were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II leads a star-studded cast that features Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne and more.

This marks one of a few high-profile projects from the rising star that include “Candyman” and “The Matrix 4.”

 “The Trial Of The Chicago 7” streams worldwide on October 16, 2020.  

The production of this movie is coming at a time when there are several demonstrations going on across the world, most especially considering the political climate today in 2020, as the fight for justice continues. 

 Recently, there has been a resurgence in protest in Chicago, and causing civil unrest in light of recent events with police brutality and racial injustice in America. 

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