Chadwick Boseman To Play Thurgood Marshall

December 17, 2015  |  

We’ve seen him throw a ball like Jackie Robinson, we’ve watched him dance and sing like James Brown, but are you ready to watch Chadwick Boseman portray U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall? Whether that answer is a yes or a no, it’s happening. Boseman has just been cast as the the first African American justice in Reginald Hudlin’s upcoming film, Marshall.

Though we know Marshall for his involvement in the groundbreaking Brown vs. Board of Education case, Marshall will actually focus on another pivotal case of the icon’s early career, long before he joined the Supreme Court. A press release reported on IndieWire describes the film as follows:

“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.”

Production on the film is already underway in LA this week. Do you think Chadwick can pull off this role?

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