Friday, November 2, 2018

Trial of the Chicago 7 - Eddie is in early talks to star in the movie

Variety reported, that Eddie Redmayne is in talks to play Tom Hayden 
in Amblin Entertainment’s  “The Trial of the Chicago 7,”

An interesting character, a real life person to portray, the co-founder of
the Students for a Democratic Society, who was best known for his role as an
anti-war, civil rights, and radical intellectual activist in the 1960s, authoring the
Port Huron Statement and eventually standing trial in the Chicago Seven case.

Tom Hayden American social and political activist, author, and politician with his
wife Jane Fonda American actress, at an anti-nuclear weapons demonstration in
New York City, USA, 23rd September 1979. (Source:

The history of the production goes back quite a long way. Writer Aaron Sorkin wrote a script 
entitled The Trial of the Chicago 7, based on the conspiracy trial. Producers Steven Spielberg
Walter F. Parkes, and Laurie MacDonald collaborated on the development of Sorkin's script, with 
Spielberg intending to direct the film. Sacha Baron Cohen was originally cast as Abbie Hoffman
while Spielberg approached Will Smith for the role of Bobby Seale, and planned to meet with 
Heath Ledger about playing Tom Hayden.[xThe Writers Guild of America strike, which started 
in November 2007 and lasted 100 days,[x] delayed filming and the project was suspended.[x
Sorkin was later to continue to rewrite the script for Spielberg, and the director intended to 
mostly cast unknowns to keep the budget down.[xPaul Greengrass and Ben Stiller[x] 
were rumored as replacement directors, but the project did not move forward. (Wikipedia
Following his directorial debut, 2017’s “Molly’s Game,” Steven Spielberg saw Sorkin 
as the perfect candidate to take over directing duties. (x)

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