*Chadwick Boseman – who has already thrilled audiences as Jackie Robinson and James Brown on the big screen – will add the nation’s first black Supreme Court justice to his impressive resume.
“Marshall,” directed by Reginald Hudlin, will feature the actor as Thurgood Marshall in an event that pre-dates his historic Brown Vs. Board of Education victory in 1954.
The film focuses on an important case in Marshall’s early career — long before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court: “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.”
Hudlin stated: “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.
Filming will begin in Los Angeles this week and then resume in late spring after Hudlin completes his producing duties for the 88th Annual Academy Awards.
The film is being produced with the full support of the Thurgood Marshall and Samuel Friedman estates, including their children, John W. Marshall and Lauren Friedman, according to Deadline.
The project is one in a slate of features financed by Super Hero Films, a China-based collective created by Peter Luo, CEO; Sun Li Li, the principal of China Wit Media Co., Ltd.; Pan Lai, the principal of Hero Film, Ltd.; and Xu Yan the principal of Star Light Media Co., Ltd.