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The Trial of the Chicago 7: Who is in the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s new movie?

Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden in Netflix's The Trial of the Chicago 7

Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden in The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Picture: RUBA/BACKGRID)

Aaron Sorkin’s highly anticipated new release, The Trial of the Chicago 7, has landed on Netflix.

The film has an ensemble cast and follows the famously notorious trial of seven protesters, following demonstrations in Chicago in 1968 at the Democratic National Convention.

The protests were intended to be peaceful, but turned violent and saw demonstrators 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.

The film is particularly relevant in the current climate, with themes of police brutality, and both overt and institutional racism, central to the plot.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 cast

Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne plays anti-war activist Tom Hayden, complete with an American drawl you have to hear to believe, while Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen assumes the role of fellow protester Abbie Hoffman.

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The Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale is portrayed by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen), and Snowden’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt is prosecuting lawyer Richard Schultz.

The Founder stars Michael Keaton and John Carroll Lynch play lawyer and activist Ramsey Clark, and protester David Dellinger, respectively.

Full cast for The Trial of the Chicago 7

  • Sacha Baron Cohen – Abbie Hoffman
  • Eddie Redmayne – Tom Hayden
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Richard Schultz
  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II – Bobby Seale
  • Michael Keaton – Ramsey Clark
  • Frank Langella – Judge Julius Hoffman
  • John Carroll Lynch – David Dellinger
  • Mark Rylance – William Kunstler
  • Alex Sharp – Rennie Davis
  • Jeremy Strong – Jerry Rubin
  • Noah Robbins – Lee Weiner
  • Daniel Flaherty – John Froines
  • Ben Shenkman – Leonard Weinglass
  • Kelvin Harrison Jr. – Fred Hampton
  • Damian Young – Howard Ackerman

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