Deadline reports Boseman will star in Marshall, playing the first African-American Justice on the Supreme Court. Directing will be Reginald Hudlin (coincidentally a former writer on the Black Panther comic), and the story centers on a major civil rights case in Marshall's career. Here's how it's described: “As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Marshall to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman, a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case. Marshall and Friedman struggle against a hostile storm of fear and prejudice, driven to discover the truth in the sensationalized trial which helped set the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement to come.”
Hudlin, a producer on Django Unchained and director of House Party, is working with the full cooperation of the Marshall and Friedman estates but let's hope the story doesn't pull any punches. Next up for Boseman is, sadly, a role in the maligned action flick, Gods of Egypt.