Aaron Sorkin on Why It Was Crucial to Meet Tom Hayden and Shoot on Location for ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’

Aaron Sorkin on Why It Was Crucial to Meet Tom Hayden and Shoot on Location for ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’
“I don’t see how we could have made the film now had we not shot in Chicago,” writer and director Aaron Sorkin says of his new film “Trial of the Chicago 7,” now streaming on Netflix.

Five decades after it took place, Aaron Sorkin tells the story of the seven defendants who were charged by the federal government with conspiracy after protests broke out at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Accused of inciting riots, Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne), Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen) and Jerry Rubin (“Succession’s” Jeremy Strong) were among those who stood trial along with Black Panther member Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).

Sorkin assembled an all-star team in front of and behind the camera for the powerful story that draws strong parallels in today’s world as it places a microscope on systemic injustice.

Sorkin recalls that 14 years ago, “Steven (Spielberg) said to me, ‘I want you
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