Chadwick Boseman To Star As Thurgood Marshall

Chadwick Boseman, who slayed his portrayal of James Brown in Get On Up, will star as Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, in Reginald Hudlin’s courtroom thriller, Marshall.

Via Deadline:

The film focuses on an important case in Marshall’s early career: a true incident in the young lawyer life — long before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Described like this: “As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Marshall to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman, a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case. 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.”

web thurgood marshallMarshall is best known probably for arguing a landmark case, however. Before he was appointed to the Supreme Court, he was a lawyer who argued before the high court (and won) in Brown vs. The Board of Education, which desegregated public schools. The late great Marshall (he died in 1993) was appointed on the U.S. Court of Appeals by President John F. Kennedy and it was the subsequent president, Lyndon Johnson who then nominated him for the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967.

Noted Hudlin in making the announcement: “Thurgood Marshall was a man who took his life in his hands every time he came to a town to bring justice. Marshall was a cowboy who used his law books as guns. He was the smartest guy in the room of any room he was in. But he wasn’t a punk and didn’t hesitate to throw a punch if the occasion called for it.

Congratulations to Chadwick! The big homie is putting in work!

I’m looking forward to seeing him as the Black Panther in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.


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