Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
A perfect night in with EE
Win £200 to spend on the perfect night in
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
First Spectre Teaser Trailer Arrives
And James Bond will return to IMAX
New Quicksilver And Scarlet Witch Avengers: Age Of Ultron TV Spot
Meet the twins
New Terminator Genisys TV Spot Lands
J.K. Simmons discovers that it's not quite his apocalypse
The First Look At Ryan Reynolds' New Deadpool Is Here
With great power comes great irresponsibility
Southpaw Trailer Hits
Punch, it Louis Bloom
Shrek To Return For Puss In Boots 2?
Antonio Banderas drops a heavy hint
Ralph Fiennes To Receive Empire Legend Award
At the 20th Jameson Empire Awards
Simon Pegg Discusses Star Trek 3
'It's weird to take ownership...'
Matthew McConaughey Attached to The Billionaire's Vinegar
About wine that is not alright alright alright
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Finds Force Majeure
She's in talks for a remake of the Swedish film
Podcast #154: Kenneth Branagh
A brave new world...
Antonio Banderas Empire Podcast Interview Special
Prepare yourself for one hell of a voice
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
25 March 2015
Steven Spielberg On Board Ready Player One
He's lined up the novel adaptation as a possible future film
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Milius (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Jurassic Park (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Lincoln (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Les Miserables (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Baron Cohen In Spielberg's Chicago 7
Comedian reported to play Abbie Hoffman

02 January 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: The Sunday Times

submit to reddit

The Times is reporting that Sacha Baron Cohen is to turn dramatic for The Trial of the Chicago Seven. The film, which will be directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Aaron Sorkin, tells the story of Abbie Hoffman, a famed 1960s counterculture protester.

Hoffman was at the centre of a series of creative, surreally comic, protests against the Vietnam War that disrupted the 1968 Democratic Convention and devolved into a violent clash with the police. The title refers to the group of protesters who were put on trial for the crimes. Oddly, there were actually eight people in the dock, but one, Bobby Seale, was tried separately and Chicago Seven has a nicer ring.

Beside the fact that Hoffman was a bit on the stumpy side, while Baron Cohen is huge, the comedian seems perfect casting. He bares at least a passing resemblance to the curly-haired, Jewish Hoffman and can you think of anybody with a more macabre sense of humour than the Borat star?

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

World Exclusive: The New Wall-E Trailer
This kicks shiny metal butt!
Witherspoon, Rogen In Monsters vs Aliens
Voice cast and first pic of 3D animation

Your Comments

Something just tells me this film will be very boring and a totall waste of Spielberg and Cohens time More

Posted by Bluehawk at 22:11 on 02 January 2008 | Report This Post

Should hopefully be better than Steal This Movie... More

Posted by dunkah at 13:25 on 02 January 2008 | Report This Post

Uh-uh, Spielberg's starting Chicago 7 in March when he finishes Crystal Skull. Then it's Tintin and hopefully Lincoln. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 10:48 on 02 January 2008 | Report This Post

Hurry up and make Lincoln, already! More

Posted by britesparc at 09:47 on 02 January 2008 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Fast & Furious 7 Review
We run the rule on the return of Toretto, Hobbs and co

Empire Meets Alison Brie
The Get Hard star on Ken Jeong, Toto and her favourite episode of Community

17 ‘What The?’ TV Cameos From Film Directors
From Spike Jonze as a music exec to Peter Bogdanovich as… himself?

Empire Meets Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
On A Second Chance, Game Of Thrones pranks and Headhunters' poo scene

The Secrets Behind 44 Classic Cinema Sound Effects
No really, the Ringwraiths are actually plastic cups...

The 30 Greatest Superhero Movies Of All Time
Empire readers pick their top super flicks

10 Videos Every Tom Hanks Fan Should Have Watched By Now
Of course, everyone in the world is a Tom Hanks fan…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)