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The 'Trial of the Chicago 7' Actors Vs. The Real-Life People They Play

Updated October 23, 2020 1.5k votes 139 voters 3.0k views14 items

List RulesVote up the best casting choices for 'The Trial of the Chicago 7.'

What started as a series of protests and demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic National Convention eventually snowballed into one of the most notorious trials of the 20th century. Over five decades later, the story of the real "Chicago Seven" - Chicago Eight, if you include Bobby Seale, who was removed from the case and tried separately; Chicago Ten if you include the group's lawyers, who went down with them - has been immortalized in a big-budget, star-powered courtroom drama on Netflix.

The story has been brought to life by none other than Aaron Sorkin - no stranger to dramatizing real-life events, having previously scripted the likes of The Social Network and Steve Jobs. As for his Trial of the Chicago 7 cast, Sorkin brought in an eclectic mix of talents, from Sacha Baron Cohen (starring as the famed, and infamous, Abbie Hoffman), to Oscar winners like Eddie Redmayne and Mark Rylance, to rising stars like Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen, Aquaman) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to long-time veterans Frank Langella and Michael Keaton.

The result of that star-studded cast is one of the most talked-about movies of 2020. Vote up the casting choices you think did the best job bringing the story of the Chicago Seven to life.