A lot of us know the literary voice of Aaron “Dialogue Almost Too Good” Sorkin from his tenure on series like The West Wing and The Newsroom, as well as his screenwriting for David Fincher’s The Social Network, or the excellent and, I think overlooked Steve Jobs by Danny Boyle. It was in 2017 with Molly’s Game that Sorkin took a stab at directing, and is set for a sophomore effort with his next film, The Trial of the Chicago 7, coming this October from Netflix.
Based on the true events of the Chicago Seven, the film chronicles the trial of the seven (initially, eight) defendants taken to court by the US government after peaceful protests at the 1968 DNC–opposing the ongoing war in Vietnam, among other things–turned ugly. The titular seven were held responsible as organizers.
Sorkin’s film follows the trial, which ran on for months as something of a media sensation, and features an ensemble cast of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, Eddie Redmayne, and Caitlin Fitzgerald, among others.
To be released by Netflix on their platform October 16th, the streaming titan also released the first batch of official images for the film, in which everyone looks appropriately groovy.
Obviously a veteran of the industry, Molly’s Game was still impressive as a debut for Sorkin, it being truly his first and, until now, only credit as a director. Here’s hoping we’re just at the beginning of a new stage in his career.