The movie, directed by Oscar nominee Django Unchained producer and House Party director Reginald Hudlin stars Chadwick Boseman as the legendary attorney and title Supreme Court Justice during his early law days prior to World War II. 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 became tabloid fodder. He partners with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), who has never tried a case and their challenges against a segregationist court set the stage for the Civil Rights Movement.
Sam Friedman, while Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell, Sterling K. Brown and Keesha Sharp also star. Paula Wagner is producing through her Chestnut Ridge Productions banner along with Jonathan Sanger and Hudlin.
Marshall will open against Lionsgate’s Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter, Paramount’s reboot Friday the 13th and Universal’s crime drama The Snowman starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson and J.K. Simmons.
Director Reginald Hudlin stated: “I can’t wait for the world to see this movie. It’s a thriller, not a biopic, about an early case of one of the greatest lawyers in American history. In a time when we need heroes who fight for justice, Marshall is an inspirational movie that brings people together. And it’s a lot more fun than anyone expects.”
Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg added: “Thurgood Marshall spent his whole life fighting for justice and his story has never been more relevant. We are living in volatile times and this film, as well as the entire career of Justice Marshall, serves as a potent reminder that fighting injustice is as important today as it was before and during the Civil Rights Movement. We are incredibly proud of all the work that went into Marshall – particularly the top-notch filmmaking from director Reginald Hudlin and producer Paula Wagner, as well as fantastic performances from Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell and the entire cast. We are looking forward to sharing this film with all Americans and audiences around the world.”
Financiers of Marshall are Star Light Media and Hero Film. Executive producers are Lei Luo, Xu Yan, Lai Pan, Hunter Ryan and David Ryan. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has overseas distribution.