Future Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has signed on to star in Marshall, an upcoming courtroom thriller about legendary lawyer and future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall.
Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin will direct the film, which will focus on a specific period in Marshall’s life, years before he was appointed to the Supreme Court. As a young man, he worked for the NAACP, and just a few years before World War II, he was sent to Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur accused of sexually assaulting and attempting to murder his wealthy white employer. The case was splashed across the tabloids, and Samuel Friedman, a young Jewish lawyer who had never before tried a case, was assigned as his partner.
“Thurgood Marshall was a man who took his life in his hands every time he came to a town to bring justice,” Hudlin said in a release. “Marshall was a cowboy who used his law books as guns. He was the smartest guy in the room of any room he was in. But he wasn’t a punk and didn’t hesitate to throw a punch if the occasion called for it.”
“It’s exciting to have Chadwick bring his extraordinary gifts to this remarkably relevant story,” Hudlin added.
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Both Marshall and Friedman’s estates are in full support of the film, as are their children, John W. Marshall and Lauren Friedman.
Trial lawyer Michael Koskoff co-wrote the script with his son, screenwriter Jacob Koskoff, who recently penned the Michael Fassbender-starring Macbeth. Production will begin this week in Los Angeles before starting back up in late spring after Hudlin helps to produce the Academy Awards. The film is being financed by China-based Super Hero Films, Ltd. Chestnut Ridge Productions’ Paula Wagner is producing with Hudlin, Jonathan Sanger, and Jun Dong.