The actor, who died on August 20, was also the producer of the film, which centered around the first African-American judge of the US Court.
Produced and starred by Chadwick Boseman, Marshall: The Origin of Justice it is a drama about justice and biographical directed by Reginald Hudlin and written by Michael and Jacob Koskoff, centered on the figure of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
With Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown, and James Cromwell as part of the cast, filming for the film began in mid-December 2015 in Los Angeles. Finally, the film was pre-released at Howard University on September 20, 2017 and was Released in the United States on October 13, 2017.
Buffalo City Hall and Central Railroad Station, Daemen University and Niagara Falls were also locations where scenes were shot for the film, funded by the Chinese company Super Hero Movies.
The plot revolves around the performance of Thurgood Marshall, one of the NAACP attorneys (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), who traveled the country in 1940 to defend people of color, who were accused of crimes they had not committed, due to racial injustice.
On a certain occasion, upon his return to his New York office, Marshall was sent to Bridgeport, Connecticut, to defend Joseph Spell, a driver accused of rape by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing, in a case that has attracted the attention of the journalistic media.
With all the focus on the case, Marshall guides the accused through the trial, which takes unexpected twists and turns that surprise, until finally reaching a verdict that exposes everyone’s eyes. the situation that the African American community had to face in those times.
Overall, the film received good reviews at the time of its release, and Boseman’s performance was especially outstanding by some of them. Without a doubt, his presence in the film today acquires a different dimension than it did in 2017, and invites a new retrospective look at one of the relevant points in the actor’s career, which died on August 20 of this year from cancer.
However, the film critic Roger Friedman, great-nephew of Sam Friedman, one of the prominent characters in the plot, questioned the authenticity of Friedman’s portrait in the film: “Almost not a word of the representation of my great-uncle in the film is accurate.” The critic assured that Friedman was not an inexperienced lawyer and that he was not attacked in the streets, as the fiction presents.
Among the film’s achievements, the theme Stand Up for Something, included in its original soundtrack, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, the Critics’ Award for Best Song and the Satellite Award for Best Original Song. However, he did not have the best of luck, and only kept the last of the three, while in the other two cases he lost at the hands of Remember Me, from the successful animated film Coco.