Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad begin filming Thurgood Marshall biopic
Posted June 9 2016 — 1:29 PM EDT
Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad are heading to court.
Open Road Films has picked up U.S. rights to Reginald Hudlin’s Marshall, starring Boseman as the lawyer and future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall. Josh Gad also stars as Marshall’s law partner, a young, inexperienced Jewish lawyer named Samuel Friedman.
Open Road also revealed that Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell, Sterling K. Brown, and Keesha Sharp have officially joined the cast in unspecified roles. Principal photography began in late May in Buffalo, New York.
Trial lawyer Michael Koskoff penned the script for Marshall alongside his son, Macbeth screenwriter Jacob Koskoff. The screenplay follows Marshall as a young man working for the NAACP in pre-World War II America, and he’s soon sent to Connecticut, where he’s tasked with defending a black chauffeur accused of sexually assaulting and attempting to murder his wealthy employer. Facing a segregationist court and a tabloid frenzy surrounding the case, Marshall is forced to team up with the untested Friedman, who has never before tried a case.
Boseman recently made his debut as T’Challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, and he’ll soon star in the upcoming standalone Black Panther movie. Gad lent his voice to the recent Angry Birds Movie, and he’ll next appear in the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie as Le Fou.
A release date for Marshall has yet to be announced.