Chadwick Boseman Is Thurgood Marshall In Reginald Hudlin's New Film

Having already played Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up, Chadwick Boseman has plenty of experience portraying great African-American heroes. He'll play a black hero of a different sort as Black Panther in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, but after that he's returning to reality (superheroes aren't real??) for a film on Supreme Court Justice and civil rights icon, Thurgood Marshall. 

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