Exclusive: Director Reginald Hudlin Talks Marshall

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Exclusive: Director Reginald Hudlin Talks Marshall
Posted by Wilson Morales

October 11, 2017

Opening this week in theaters from Open Road Films is the Supreme Court Justice biopic Marshall, with Chadwick Boseman starring in the title roleinto theaters on October 13.

Directed by Oscar nominee Reginald Hudlin (producer of “Django Unchained”), the courtroom thriller is based on a true incident in the life of Thurgood Marshall.

A wealthy socialite named Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson) accuses her black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown) of rape. A young Jewish lawyer named Sam Friedman (Josh Gad) took the case to defend Spell. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, the NAACP sent a young Thurgood Marshall (Boseman) to help with the case. Friedman helps make it possible for Marshall to represent the client in the State of Connecticut, where the trial occurred. 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.

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The film also features Downtown Abbey’s Dan Stevens as the prosecutor, James Cromwell, Chicago P.D’s Marina Squerciati as Stella Friedman, Keesha Sharp will play Buster Marshall, Thurgood’s wife, and Empire’s Jussie Smollett playing Langston Hughes.

MARSHALL focuses on a provocative case in the early career of one of America’s greatest legal minds. The screenplay for MARSHALL is a unique collaboration between renowned trial lawyer, Michael Koskoff, and his son, screenwriter Jacob Koskoff (The Weinstein Company’s “Macbeth”).

MARSHALL is being produced with the full support of the Thurgood Marshall and Samuel Friedman estates, including their children, John W. Marshall and Lauren Friedman.

Hudlin is best known for directing Boomerang, House Party and The Ladies Man. In addition, he was a writer on Marvel’s Black Panther comic book for four years and also produced Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

Blackfilm.com spoke with Hudlin regarding his latest venture.

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