Chadwick Boseman certainly knows how to fight a battle or two as Marvel’s Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. Later this month he will become a ‘crusader for justice’ in Marshall as he fights racism and money in the courts.
Marshall is the story of Marshall Thurgood the early days of a young lawyer who would become the first African-American to sit in the U.S Supreme Court. Today Sony Pictures has sent us the UK Trailer of the man who would challenge civil rights where it hurts, in the courts.
In 1940, long before he sat on the US Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) is a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. Marshall explores one his greatest challenges in those early days: 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. While most of Marshall’s work is in the south, the Spell case lands him in the wealthy white enclaves of Connecticut, where racism is never far from the surface. Angry picketers and tabloid headlines scream for Spell’s conviction as black servants are fired by their fearful white employers. Marshall’s attempt to fight for his client is stymied by Judge Colin Foster (James Cromwell), who allows him to attend the trial, but not speak. This leaves the defense in the shaky hands of Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), who has no interest in trying this case. Local prosecutor Lorin Willis (Dan Stevens) senses an easy victory. Marshall and Friedman struggle against fear and prejudice — and each other — as they unravel the twisted tale to its shocking conclusion, with their client’s life hanging in the balance. Largely forgotten by history, The State of Connecticut v. Joseph Spell helped lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement to come and informed the legal doctrine of one of America’s greatest jurists.
Marshall will be in cinematic session when it arrives in UK and Irish cinemas from 20th October. The movie is directed by Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang).