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Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 protests in first trailer for Netflix drama

September 23rd, 2020 | by vBollywood Author
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“The whole world is watching.”

The message propagated throughout the teaser trailer for writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s new Netflix film The Trial of the Chicago 7.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is based on real events, the long-gestating project (Sorkin first wrote the script in 2007) revolves around the aftermath of a peaceful anti-Vietnam War protest that turned violent at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. What followed was eight activists (the case against Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Bobby Seale was eventually separated) being put on trial for conspiracy and crossing state lines to incite a riot.

“When you came to Chicago, were you hoping to draw the police into a confrontation?” prosecutor Richard Schultz (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) asks defendant Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen), who doesn’t immediately answer. “I’m concerned you have to think about it.”

Responds Hoffman, a self-proclaimed “Yippie”: “Give me a moment, friend? I’ve never been on trial for my thoughts before.”

Sharing to EW, Sorkin explained why “the whole world is watching” was a sentiment that he got onto.

“Because I couldn’t have said it any better than that crowd of protestors,” he shared. “The whole world is watching. This country, we are meant to be an example and leader in democracy and human rights. And when we’re not, when that light goes off, it’s a terrible thing, not just for us but for the whole world.

Also starring Eddie Redmayne, Jeremy Strong, and Michael Keaton, The Trial of the Chicago 7 premieres October 16 on Netflix.

Watch the trailer of the film above.

Photo courtesy: www.vanityfair.com

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