Chadwick Boseman is set to reprise his role as Marvel superhero Black Panther in next February’s standalone movie (and then again, in May’s Avengers: Infinity War). Before he goes on the warpath in those comic-book spectaculars, however, the actor will be embodying a real-life hero — Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first African-American Supreme Court justice, in this October’s Marshall. We now have its rousing first trailer (watch it above).
Prior to his historic tenure on the Supreme Court, Marshall as a lawyer helped win the landmark Brown v Board of Education case that led to desegregation of the nation’s public schools. Reginald Hudlin’s upcoming film about the titanic figure, however, will be — like Black Panther — something of an origin story, focused on an earlier case in the litigator’s career. Sent by the NAACP to Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) accused of sexually assaulting his white employer (Kate Hudson), it’ll depict one of Marshall’s first forays into the era’s racially charged battles for justice — pairing him with another lawyer, played by Josh Gad, squaring off against the prosecutor played by Dan Stevens.
Depicting Marshall as something of a cocky badass as adept with his fists as he with a law book, Marshall will aim to make history come alive when it arrives in theaters in October.
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