He did it with Jackie Robinson in the film 42, and then again with James Brown in Get On Up, now Chadwick Boseman will bring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to life in the new Reginald Hudlin film Marshall.
Deadline reports, Boseman, who will be seen in Disney/Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War T’Challa, will soon begin filming the highly-respected first African-American Supreme Court Justice.
The film will focus on an important case early on Marshall’s career, long before becoming a Justice. A nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Marshall to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against a rich white socialite family in a sexual assault and an attempted murder trial. The case eventually gets blown out of proportion by the media adding to the already mounting pressures of a segregated court.
In an attempt to secure a big win, Marshall must work with a young Jewish lawyer, Samuel Friedman, who never tried a case. They both plow through hostility and prejudice to win a landmark case, that in turn sets the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement.
The courtroom thriller will begin shooting the film this week in Los Angeles, then resume in late spring after Hudlin completes his production duties for the forthcoming Academy Awards.
Mr. Boseman has a knack for giving historical African-American figures three dimensions, so we gather he’ll do the same for Thurgood Marshall.