Aaron Sorkin to Direct “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Aaron Sorkin. Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock (9354238hd)

It looks like the political drama is getting off the ground. 

Aaron Sorkin has been tapped to direct the Trial of the Chicago 7. The feature is a dramatic account of the 1969 trial in which seven anti-war activists were accused by the federal government of conspiracy following the 1968 protests in Chicago at the Democratic National Convention.

Sorkin penned the original script. Originally Steven Spielberg was attache do direct, however, following writers strike he pulled out of the project. In 2013 he tried to get the project off the ground again but due to budgetary disagreements, it fell through again. 

Variety also reports that Sacha Baron Cohen in talks to star. Cohen is in early talks to play activist Abbie Hoffman, the anarchic co-founder of the Youth International Party, who became known as Yippies. The outlet also reports that Sorkin is looking to cast a stellar cast. 

Sorkin’s latest project was his Broadway adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird set to debut in December.