‘Chicago 7’ movie to be filmed in Toronto

UPDATE (12/12): Production of The Trial of the Chicago 7 has been scrapped.

Pop Goes The News – Big stars are likely to be descending on Toronto early next year to make a new feature film for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.

The Trial of the Chicago 7, which is scheduled to shoot in the city beginning in February, will be directed by Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the script.

The acclaimed screenwriter made his directorial debut in Toronto with last year’s drama Molly’s Game. 

Casting details have not yet been confirmed but Variety reported that Sacha Baron Cohen is one of the actors currently in talks to play Abbie Hoffman. Eddie Redmayne is also in talks for a role.

Chicago 7 is based on Brett Morgan’s 2007 documentary about the 1969 trial of a group of men charged by the U.S. government with conspiracy they protested at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

In 2010, Philip Baker Hall, Gary Cole and Steven Culp starred in The Chicago 8, which was based on the trial transcripts.

Toronto has stood in for Chicago on film many times, most famously for the 2002 musical Chicago, which won Best Picture at the Oscars.