Chadwick Boseman to Play Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

Chadwick Boseman (L) and Thurgood Marshall
Chadwick Boseman (L) and Thurgood Marshall

The verdict is out: Chadwick Boseman will portray the first black judge appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Thurgood Marshall.

“Marshall,” based on true events, follows the young NAACP attorney taking on a controversial case in 1940–nearly 15 years before the Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum.

Then only 32 years old, Marshall defends black chauffeur-butler Joseph Spell, who was accused of raping his employer, socialite Eleanor Strubing in her Greenwich, Conn. home. Strutting claimed she had been raped four times in one night by Spell, then he drove her to a reservoir where he pushed her off a bridge. Spell said his accuser, Strubing, seduced him and the sex was consensual. He claimed that she expressed regret after the encounter and feared becoming pregnant.

The State of Connecticut v. Joseph Spell was a victory for Marshall before his most famous case, Brown v. Board of Education, which desegregated schools in 1954. Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967 and served until his death at 84 years old in 1991.

Reginald Hudlin directs the biopic which begins filming this week before going on hiatus ahead of Christmas Day, Deadline reports. Production will continue in the spring next year.

Boseman will appear next as Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War.”