Sacha Baron Cohen is bringing one of the most defining figures of the 1960s to the screen. Cohen stars as Abbie Hoffman in Alan Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
The film is based on the infamous 1969 trial that charged seven people with conspiracy for protests surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Netflix premiered the trailer during the kickoff of the NFL’s 2020 Sunday Night Football on NBC. It comes to the streaming platform on October 16th.
The film follows the trials of the Chicago 7: Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner.
The defendants were accused of conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to anti-Vietnam War protests. All were acquitted of conspiracy, but five, including Hoffman, were found guilty of crossing state lines to incite riots. They were sentenced to five years in prison and fined $5,000.
Hoffman was one of the most iconic figures of the 1960s and ’70s. Best known as the co-founder of the Youth International Party (“Yippies”), Hoffman was also a supporter of the Flower Power movement. The political and social activist died by suicide in 1989.