Chadwick Boseman may have only recently thrilled audiences in the debut
The story focuses on Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice in his early years as a young lawyer tasked with defending a black chauffeur in a highly publicised sexual assault case. Paired with young Jewish lawyer Friedman in a segregationist court, he’s forced to fight prejudice as he and Friedman work their case — which helped set the stage for the future Civil Rights Movement.
In a recent statement director, Reginald Hudlin wanted to state this was far from a biopic and hits all the right notes for a thriller “It’s a thriller, not a biopic, about an early case of one of the greatest lawyers in American history. In a time when we need heroes who fight for justice, Marshall is an inspirational movie that brings people together. And it’s a lot more fun than anyone expects.”
The project is directed by Oscar nominee Reginald Hudlin, the film stars Chadwick Boseman as the legendary attorney and Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. Josh Gad takes on the role as lawyer Sam Friedman. Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell, Sterling K. Brown and Keesha Sharp complete the cast.
Marshall Official Synopsis
As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick A. Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case.