“If you want freedom, you’re going to have to fight for it,” says Chadwick Boseman in a new trailer for the upcoming film “Marshall” — watch it above. Boseman plays Thurgood Marshall in the upcoming biopic, which opens on October 13, in good position for the fall awards season.
Thurgood Marshall was famous for his 1954 victory in the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case that ruled that the segregation of public schools was unconstitutional. Then in 1967 he became the first black Supreme Court justice in American history. But “Marshall” is set before those accomplishments. It tells the true story of his defense of a black chauffeur (played by Sterling K. Brown) who was accused by his employer (Kate Hudson) of sexual assault.
Brown previously won an Emmy for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” in 2016, and now his star continues to rise thanks to his role in the NBC series “This is Us.” Hudson is a past Oscar nominee for “Almost Famous” (Best Supporting Actress, 2000). Boseman has yet to contend for a top industry award, but he too is seeing his career rise thanks to recent roles as a couple of other historical figures: Jackie Robinson in “42” (2013) and James Brown in “Get on Up” (2014). In addition to that he’s set to star in a little film called “Black Panther” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Marshall” is directed by Reginald Hudlin, a recent Oscar nominee for Best Picture as a producer of “Django Unchained” (2012). He also earned an Emmy nomination for producing the 2016 Oscar telecast hosted by Chris Rock.
Open Road Films is distributing “Marshall.” The company previously released the acclaimed films “End of Watch” (2012) and “Nightcrawler” (2014), but they’re probably best known for “Spotlight” (2015), which won the Oscar for Best Picture. Will “Marshall” have similar success? Watch the trailer above and decide for yourself.