Open Road Films is appointing its Supreme Court Justice film Marshall into theaters in October.
Chadwick Boseman stars in the drama as groundbreaking attorney and justice Thurgood Marshall. Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell, Sterling K. Brown, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Jussie Smollett and Keesha Sharp are also featured in the cast.
The film is set for nationwide release on Oct. 13, opposite Lionsgate’s Liam Neeson actioner The Commuter, Paramount’s Friday the 13th remake and Universal’s Michael Fassbender film The Snowman.
Marshall centers on the attorney’s courtroom roots, when a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends him to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly becomes tabloid fodder. Muzzled by a segregationist court, he is partnered with Samuel Friedman (Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case. They 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.
Reginald Hudlin directed the biodrama from a script by renowned trial lawyer Michael Koskoff and his son, screenwriter Jacob Koskoff. Paula Wagner produced the film through her Chestnut Ridge Productions banner along with Jonathan Sanger and Hudlin. Executive producers are Peter Luo and Belton Lee. It was produced with the full support of the Thurgood Marshall and Samuel Friedman estates, including their children, John W. Marshall and Lauren Friedman. Sony is distributing the film internationally.
“I can’t wait for the world to see this movie,” Hudlin said in a statement. “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.”