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Netflix to pick up The Trial of the Chicago 7


Netflix is close to picking up Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7. The film was previously planned to be released in theaters from Paramont at the end of September.

The film deals with - you guessed it - the 1970 trial of the Chicago 7: activists charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot and other crimes that stemmed from the protests at the 1968 DNC in Chicago. While acquitted of conspiracy, 5 members were convicted of inciting a riot and all 7 were sentenced to 5 years in prison after the judge charged them with contempt of court. All convictions were reversed on appeal in 1972.

The group will be played by Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Daniel Flaherty, and Noah Robbins. The film will also star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, Mark Rylance, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Michael Keaton, and William Hurt.

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