Will Smith is no longer the go-to actor for black biopics, Chadwick Boseman is.
After wowing critics as Jackie Robinson in ’42’ and James Brown in ‘Get On Up’ he will transform into Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
The film is a courtroom thriller that follows a young Marshall and one of his career-defining cases—but not the one you’re thinking about.
Thurgood Marshall, who became the first African American Supreme Court Justice, is most known for the historic Brown vs. The Board of Education. His win in that case desegregated public schools, but that wasn’t his only major case that he tried, won, and embarked change because of it.
The film will focus on his defense of a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a “a sexual assault and attempted murder trial.”
The plot of the film is described as:
“As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Marshall 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, a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case. Marshall and Friedman struggle against a hostile storm of fear and prejudice, driven to discover the truth in the sensationalized trial which helped set the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement to come.”
The film will be directed by Reginald Hudlin.