Before he became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.
Before he won Brown v. Board of Education.
Before he won the case that desegregated schools. Thurgood Marshall was just a man with a mission.
With the powerful statements above, Open Road Films released the first official trailer for the film Marshall.
Chadwick Boseman, who also plays Marvel’s Black Panther coming in 2018, stars as Thurgood Marshall in this compelling drama.
The film focuses on one case early in the career of the Supreme Court Justice.
“Marshall” is set in 1941 and follows the young lawyer as he defends a black chauffeur (Emmy-winner Sterling K.Brown) against sexual assault and murder charges. Marshall was partnered with Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who had never tried a case before.
The movie, directed by Oscar nominee Django Unchained producer and House Party director Reginald Hudlin, the film takes place long before Marshall served on the nation’s highest court or won the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. Instead, it centers on his 1941 defense of Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), a black chauffeur accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.
Director Reginald Hudlin stated: “I can’t wait for the world to see this movie. 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 full cast in the film includes Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown, and James Cromwell.
Synopsis: 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.
Watch the Marshall official trailer here: