The movie based on the trial of the Chicago 7 is in production and casting extras.
The period project is filming in Chicago this fall. Aaron Sorkin is behind the film which seemed to have some funding issues earlier but is set to go now. “The Trial of the Chicago 7” documents actual events that took place in the Vietnam war era and caused a social uproar in the country. Paramount Pictures, Cross Creek and Amblin Partners are all involved in the project.
The film’s cast includes Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella and Mark Rylance. Aaron Sorkin will be directing the project.
Set in the late 60’s, the story chronicles a very high profile trial of anti-war demonstrators. The Chicago Seven were seven defendants were arrested during a tumultuous time and their trials and situations made national headlines. The defendants included Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner. They were all charged with multiple crimes that included conspiracy, inciting a riot, and various other charges for their parts in anti-Vietnam War protests in Chicago.
The incident began on August 28, 1968, in Chicago. 1000’s of protesters joined a march that had violent consequences. Riot police clashed with protesters and deployed tear gas on the group. The rioting lasted days with many physical confrontations between the police and protesters. When the dust settled, there were many arrests and a federal grand jury decided to indict 8 demonstrators and 8 police officers. The number of protesters was later dropped to seven. The trials lasted for over a year with verdicts coming down in early 1970.
See the casting notice below:
Here is the announcement from the extras casting directors:
4 Star Casting is excited to announce we will be casting the extras for “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” The film starts shooting October 14th!
Based on Oscar-winner Sorkin’s screenplay, The Social Network and West Wing scribe will also direct the film which is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The story is set in 1968 and 1969, but speaks to the divisiveness of our times and how young people can take on power and change the world.
AARON SORKIN’S – THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 CASTING CALL
THU., 10/17 (EVENING/OVERNIGHT)
The following week: SUN., 10/20 (DAY), MON., 10/21 (SPLIT CALL)., TUE., 10/22 (EVENING/OVERNIGHT), WED.,10/23 (EVENING/OVERNIGHT).
We prefer people who can work all the dates, but we can definitely use you if you can work only on the 17th, and then may be able to use you if have at least two dates available the following week.
LOCATION: DOWNTOWN CHICAGO, IL
ROLE: STUDENT PROTESTERS, 18 – 40. MALE. CAUCASIAN OR ETHNICALLY AMBIGUOUS.
WARDROBE IS LIMITED — ONLY SUBMIT IF YOU ARE INSIDE THE FOLLOWING SIZE RANGES: 30-38 pants, 15-17.5 neck, 38-42 jacket
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN BOOKED ON THIS PROJECT, DO NOT SUBMIT
To be considered, you must have a POP Profile. To create a profile, click the following link and then follow the instructions on sending the submission e-mail: https://4starcasting.portal.wegotpop.com/apply
If you already have a POP profile, you may continue with the submission email.
Send an email to email@example.com with “NEW PROTESTER” in the subject line.
In the body of the email:
1) Confirm you have a POP Profile
2) Include the following information: Name, phone, email, AND a quick photo of your CURRENT LOOK – it must absolutely represent and reflect your current look, hairstyle, facial hair, etc
3) Confirm that your current measurements are uploaded in your POP profile AND SEND THEM IN THE EMAIL. We have limited stock and need to know you will fit before sending you to a wardrobe fitting. We need height, weight, collar, sleeve, chest, waist, and shoe.
AGAIN, WE CANNOT BOOK YOU WITHOUT YOUR ACCURATE SIZES.
4) Specify what specific days you can work. (See above for dates needed)
5) If you have facial hair, confirm that you are willing to shave. (Some facial hair is okay, just be honest about your answer)
6) Confirm you can come in for a fitting TODAY (10/14) or WEDNESDAY (10/16). We may also decide to fit you on the day. Fittings will be in downtown Chicago.
Once we receive your e-mail submission, we will send an availability check via POP with more specific information. PROMPT RESPONSE TO THIS EMAIL IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE.
We will be in contact with you via POP if you are in consideration