West Wing fans, here we go. Writer/director Aaron Sorkin’s brand-new film launches this weekend on Netflix: The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Based on actual events, the story is set in 1968, when a group of young activists decides to head to the Chicago Democratic convention to protest the Vietnam War. What could possibly go wrong?
Sorkin is not exactly the most subtle storyteller—he’s no Switzerland when it comes to politics—but after watching The West Wing again recently, I’m struck by how memorable his characters are and how so many scenes stick in my mind.
In an interview with Vogue, Sorkin talks about what motivated him to make this movie right now.
The cast is a roll call of tremendous actors: Jeremy Strong (Succession), Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall and many more), Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), Frank Langella (The Americans), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception), and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen).
“The whole world is watching,” the protesters chanted.
Fifty years later, here we are, watching our current social upheaval live, streaming, and in the palm of our hands. Yes, we’re watching, but what are we going to do about it?