Talented actor Chadwick Boseman will star as Thurgood Marshall in the upcoming courtroom thriller, Marshall.

The film focuses on one of the earlier cases legendary attorney Marshall litigated as a young lawyer. The film will be directed by Academy Award nominee Reginald Hudlin, who produced Django Unchained.  The screenplay was co-written by lawyer Michael Koskoff and his screenwriter son, Jacob Koskoff.  Jacob also wrote Macbeth, which is now playing.

Marshall is based on a true story. Long before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, the nearly bankrupt NAACP decided to send Thurgood Marshall to Connecticut to defend a Black chauffeur who was accused of sexual assault and attempted murder by a wealthy white socialite. Marshall made it his mission to win this nearly impossible case, which was before a segregationist court. Partnered with young Jewish lawyer Samuel Friedman, Marshall does his best to win this case not only for himself, but for the entire African American community.

“Thurgood Marshall was a man who took his life in his hands every time he came to a town to bring justice,” said Hudlin. “Marshall was a cowboy who used his law books as guns.  He was the smartest guy in the room of any room he was in.  But he wasn’t a punk and didn’t hesitate to throw a punch if the occasion called for it.”