Chadwick Boseman has quickly become this generation’s go-to guy for portraying historical figures after gaining critical acclaim for his role as Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up, but this latest casting has a few people scratching their heads. According to Deadline, Boseman has been cast to play Thurgood Marshall in the upcoming film by Reginald Hudlin, Marshall.
As you know, Marshall was the first African-American justice to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He was also quite fair-skinned which is the point of contingency in this casting, sparking unprecedented concern in Hollywood where the complaint is typically about a light-skinned or white actor being cast to play someone darker. Nevertheless, Hudlin is confident in Boseman’s ability to portray the iconic justice in the film which will center on an important case that occurred early in his career, long before he was appointed to the Supreme Court.
“As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Marshall to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high-profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman, a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case. Marshall and Friedman struggle against a hostile storm of fear and prejudice, driven to discover the truth in the sensationalized trial which helped set the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement to come.”
Hudlin is set to begin directing the flick in LA this week and will resume work in the spring following his producing duties for the Academy Awards, Deadline reported. This will certainly be an interested project to watch unfold.