Actor Chadwick Boseman made a name for himself by portraying the real-life historical figures Jackie Robinson and James Brown in the acclaimed biopics “42” and “Get On Up,” respectively, Now he’s taking on another African-American icon, former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the biographical drama “Marshall,” set to premiere Oct. 13.

Instead of focusing in on Marshall as the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, or at one or more of the famous cases he took on as head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund: the movie takes a look at as the legendary attorney during his early law days prior to World War II.

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 became tabloid fodder. He partners with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), who has never tried a case and their challenges against a segregationist court set the stage for the Civil Rights Movement.

The movie is directed by Reginald Hudlin, who debuted as a director in the 1990’s “House Party,” and more recently produced Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 film, “Django Unchained.”

“I can’t wait for the world to see this movie. It’s a thriller, not a biopic, about an early case of one of the greatest lawyers in American history,” said Hudlin. “In a time when we need heroes who fight for justice, Marshall is an inspirational movie that brings people together. And it’s a lot more fun than anyone expects.”

The movie is being distributed by Open Road Films.

“Thurgood Marshall spent his whole life fighting for justice and his story has never been more relevant. We are living in volatile times and this film, as well as the entire career of Justice Marshall, serves as a potent reminder that fighting injustice is as important today as it was before and during the Civil Rights Movement,” said Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg added:

Music powerhouses Andra Day and Common joined forces for a new song, “Stand Up for Something,” for the movie.

Common said he was “enthused” to take part in the project because the song’s theme about the need to stand up against injustice is relevant today.

“It could have taken place in the ’60s or ’70s, but it’s relevant to today,” he said on “Good Morning America” today. “Unfortunately, we have to encounter these issues, but we have to take them head on. And I feel like we’re not afraid now. As human beings, we’ve got to look out for each other. We’ve got to stand up for whatever it may be, whether it’s animal rights, the environment, women’s rights, and standing up against the injustices.”

There hasn’t been as much buzz surrounding Marshall as other impending fall releases ahead of this year’s awards season but, based on the pedigreee of most everyone involved with the project, it’s easy to imagine this one proving to be one of the more exceptional additions to the Hollywood biopic genre in awhile. Boseman, for his part, has yet to earn either a Golden Globe and/or Oscar nomination for a performance – could that change with his latest portrayal of a trail-blazing figure from the 20th century?

Rounding out the film’s cast are Beauty and the Beast costars Josh Gad and Dan Stevens, along with Empire‘s Jussie Smollett, American Crime Story‘s Sterling K. Brown and Kate Hudson (Deepwater Horizon), among others.

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