Thurgood Marshall Biopic Brings Tribunal Blaze

Gad, Boseman and Chadwick
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By GABRIELLA BOCK | Reporter

Long before he altered history as the presiding judge over Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall was a young, spirited attorney working for the NAACP.

In Reginald Hudlin’s “Marshall,” the director takes us back in time to the career-defining case that would eventually lead to Marshall’s appointment as the nation’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice.

Taking on the role of the honorable judge in this American legal drama is soon-to-be action star Chadwick Boseman, who will star in Marvel’s highly anticipated “Black Panther,” which is scheduled to release early next year.

The film centers around a 1941 criminal case where Joseph Spell, a black chauffeur played by recent Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown, is accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing—played by Palisadian actress Kate Hudson—of sexual assault and attempted murder.

Kate Hudson as Eleanor Strubing
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Set in Connecticut, the case exposed the subtle, yet ever-prevalent racism of the north when fearful white Americans began firing their black employees once the allegations hit the newsstands.

In her role as Strubing, the always charming Hudson pivots from her typical role as a bubbly romantic interest and steps into character as the beguiling socialite determined to ruin Spell.

Hudson, a long-time resident of The Riviera neighborhood, is the daughter of actress Goldie Hawn, who until recently, neighbored nearby with husband Kurt Russell.

Also starring Josh Gad and Dan Stevens, “Marshall” opens in theaters on Oct. 13.