He’s played Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up, and now Chadwick Boseman is tackling another gigantic figure in history: Thurgood Marshall, the man who went on to become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice of the United States.
The movie is called Marshall and the first trailer for it has arrived. The film chronicles pivotal events in the early life of Marshall when he was a lawyer for the NAACP. Here’s the official synopsis:
Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days – a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.
Marshall is directed by Reginald Hudlin, who has helmed films like Boomerang and The Great White Hype but was also, among other things, president of entertainment at BET for three years. Here’s another fun fact: Hudlin wrote Marvel’s Black Panther comic book series from 2005 to 2008, a run that included the wedding of Black Panther and Storm, and of course Boseman is now playing the Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with his solo feature coming out in February.
Marshall is out October 13 in theaters. Watch the trailer below: