Opens Oct 27, 2017
Directed by Reginald Hudlin (House Party), Marshall is based on an early trial in the career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. It follows the young lawyer (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a Black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white socialite employer (Kate Hudson). Muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall partners with a courageous young Jewish lawyer, Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad). Together they mount the defense in an environment of racism and Anti-Semitism. The high profile case and the partnership with Friedman served as a template for Marshall's creation of the NAACP legal defense fund.
"Although Boseman is 100% credible as a brilliant attorney, his performance as Marshall is not an imitation; nor is it overly concerned with giving us a true psychological portrait of Thurgood Marshall the man. It's more of a classic Hollywood alpha male badass performance. What I like most about Marshall is its laid back confidence. It carries itself as if we've already seen a lot of projects like this one — as if there's a new funny, exciting period piece about a brilliant, two-fisted black lawyer in theaters every week, and this is just the latest. I hope the filmmakers are already working on Marshall Returns." (Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com)