Fans have been given a first look at Sacha Baron Cohen in action as Abbie Hoffman in new Netflix movie The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Set for release next month, the film follows the famously notorious trial of seven defendants, following protests in Chicago in 1968 at the Democratic National Convention.
The demonstrations were intended to be peaceful, but turned violent and saw protestors clash with police officials and the National Guard.
Five of the seven organisers of the protest, including Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale – were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot by the federal government, but all charges were later overturned.
In a new teaser. Sacha is seen in character as Hoffman while taking to the stand in court and when confronted by prosecutor Richard Schultz, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, he says: ‘Give me a moment, my friend. I’ve never been on trial for my thoughts before.’
Other scenes depict the riots that took place, with Eddie Redmayne’s character Hayden shouting: ‘Get on the streets, get on the streets. It’s a revolution, we may have to hurt somebody’s feelings.’
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is written and direct by Aaron Sorkin and boasts a stellar cast, with the likes of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella and John Carroll Lynch among the cast.
Kelvin Harrison Jr, Sir Mark Rylance and Caitlin Fitzgerald also star.
The new film had been set for a theatrical release, but due to coronavirus, it will now premiere on Netflix, after the streaming platform bought the rights.
The movie is Cohen’s latest role, with reports revealing the actor has also been busy secretly filming the sequel to 2006 movie Borat.
Collider reports that Cohen has completed the project and has even screened the follow-up film for a ‘select few’ industry executives.
Cohen previously said that he thinks Borat is now too recognisable following the success of his first film and the character’s fame soaring as a result.
It was teased that the plot of the second Borat movie will see the Kazakh TV personality going ‘undercover’ to interview people in public, with insiders describing the film as ‘Cohen playing Borat playing Cohen’.
Other sources, however, denied said plot but did confirm that filming had wrapped on the movie.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 lands on Netflix on October 16.
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