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Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 is back on and will be offered to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Alex Sharp are joining previously announced castmembers Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jonathan Majors in the film about the infamous 1969 trial of the anti-war activists charged with conspiracy by the federal government for their role in the protests surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Redmayne will play Tom Hayden; Baron Cohen has been cast as Abbie Hoffman; Rogen will portray Jerry Rubin; Gordon-Levitt will play Richard Schultz; Majors will portray Bobby Seale; and Sharp will play Rennie Davis.
Sorkin, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Social Network, wrote the screenplay and will direct. The project had earlier been headed for a February start date but was put on hold in December by Amblin Partners over budgetary concerns.
Amblin Partners will produce, along with Marc Platt and Matt Jackson.
“I’m thrilled to be making a movie about one of one of the craziest, funniest, most intense, most tragic and most triumphant trials in American history. C-7 may take place in the late ’60s, but there’s no better time to tell this story than today,” Sorkin said in a statement.
Rocket Science will handle international rights and introduce the project to foreign buyers next week in Berlin. CAA Media Finance will represent U.S. rights.
Sorkin, Baron Cohen, Redmayne, Majors and Sharp are with CAA; Gordon-Levitt is repped by WME; and Rogen is with UTA.