In Pictures: The Trial Of The Chicago 7, Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Abdul-Mateen II’s Candyman was due for release this month but has been pushed back until next year in light of the coronavirus and its effect on box office takings.
However, Abdul-Mateen II features in two of Netflix’s biggest new releases, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and The Get Down.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 tells the story of the organisers of a peaceful 1968 Democratic National Convention protest which turned violent. The organisers, —including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale—were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.
Directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Abdul-Mateen II, the film also features Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron-Cohen and Michael Keaton.
This film was also due to be released in theatres but after the coronavirus had such an impact on cinema attendance, the rights were sold to Netflix
Abdul-Mateen II plays Bobby Seale, the American political activist who co-founded the Black Panther Party with Huey P Newton.
Seale was originally charged along with seven other people, over the organization of the 1968 protest, but his trial was split from the other men, leading them to be known as the Chicago 7.
Speaking to GQ Middle East earlier this year Abdul-Mateen II said that playing Seale taught him to never allow any oppressor to see him suffer. “That was a very important lesson for keeping my mind sharp: learning we have the tools within ourselves to combat fears by not allowing them to penetrate our souls, and turning oppression into our strength – to become stronger than the oppressive.
“The world is collectively saying, look, we’re holding on to old worn out ways and we need to move on. Those old worn out systems are holding on and they’re pushing back very hard but they’re going to topple soon. Soon may not be this year, but soon may be in the next 30 years.”