Spot­light on ac­tor Chad­wick Bose­man in Mar­shall

The ver­sa­tile ac­tor stars in an­other biopic


THE 40-year-old Amer­i­can is corner­ing the mar­ket on play­ing real-life le­gends – Chad­wick has por­trayed Amer­i­can base­ball le­gend Jackie Robin­son in the movie 42 (2013) as well as king of soul James Brown in Get On Up (2014). He’s also been the su­per­hero Black Pan­ther in Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War, and will reprise that role in a stand­alone film that’s set for re­lease early next year.

But be­fore he tack­les su­pervil­lains in the Marvel uni­verse, he’s play­ing yet an­other real-life fig­ure in Mar­shall, about Thur­good Mar­shall, who in 1967 be­came the first African-Amer­i­can judge to sit on the bench of the US supreme court. Mar­shall, a hero of the US civil rights move­ment, died in 1993.

The movie is set in 1940 and re­vis­its the judge’s early years, when he was an ide­al­is­tic young at­tor­ney de­fend­ing a ter­ri­fied black chauf­feur (This Is Us Emmy win­ner Ster­ling K Brown) who’s ac­cused of the rape and at­tempted mur­der of his white em­ployer.

Chad­wick told Buz­zFeed web­site he feels blessed to have Mar­shall is in cin­e­mas now worked with Ster­ling. “There was a pe­riod of time where it would only be one [main black ac­tor in a movie]. It’d be Den­zel [Wash­ing­ton] in this movie, it’d be [Lau­rence] Fish­burne in that movie, Sam Jack­son in that movie, and Mor­gan Free­man in this one. [There were] very few op­por­tu­ni­ties where you would see them work­ing to­gether.” Now, Chad­wick says, he can do “a movie with Michael B Jor­dan (they star in Black Pan­ther) and it’s okay. It doesn’t even have to be such a big deal be­cause the op­por­tu­ni­ties aren’t so scarce. And that’s an im­por­tant mo­ment to note.”

As the young Thur­good Mar­shall, later to be­come the first African-Amer­i­can US supreme court judge.

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