Chadwick Boseman continues his run a playing African-American luminaries as after being Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up, he is Thurgood Marshall in this autumn’s Marshall. Although that name probably isn’t that well known outside the US, he’s extremely well-known in America, not least for his involvement in the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education, as well as becoming the first African-American US Supreme Court justice.
However, the movie, which also stars Sterling K. Brown, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Dan Stevens and James Cromwell, focuses on an earlier moment in Marshall’s life.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘MARSHALL, based on the early career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, follows the young lawyer (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) against his wealthy white socialite employer (Kate Hudson) in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial. In need of a high-profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with young Jewish lawyer Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad) who has never tried a case. They struggle against a hostile storm of fear and prejudice, driven to discover the truth in a sensationalized trial that helped lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement.’
Take a look at the trailer below.