Chadwick Boseman is known for his thrilling portrayals of Jackie Robinson and James Brown in 42 and Get on Up, respectively. We’re all anticipating his transformation as the King of Wakanda in Black Panther, but before he steps into the Marvel cinematic universe, Boseman will play legendary Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall on the big screen.
The film focuses on the years before the infamous Brown v. Board of Education decision and Marshall becoming the first African-American member of the nation’s highest court. In the movie, the young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP teams up with Sam Friedman (portrayed by Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law. The duo defends a Black chauffeur named Joseph Spell (portrayed by Sterling K. Brown) who is accused of sexually assaulting and trying to kill his White employer, Eleanor Strubing (portrayed by Kate Hudson). See stills from the film below:
At a time when racial tension was palpable in this country, Marshall said, “The only way to get through a bigot’s door is to break it down.” Directed by Reginald Hudlin from a script by Jacob Koskoff and Michael Koskof, the film is scheduled for release October 13.
Watch the trailer below: