Steven Spielberg is reportedly courting Michael Keaton to play the role of William Kunstler in Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7”.
According to Deadline, the film – which is headed to EFM this week – has already added several other cast members to its impressive credits block, including Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jonathan Majors and Alex Sharp. Keaton has been “coveted” for the role of Kunstler, an American radical lawyer and civil rights activist, known for his politically unpopular clients.
Meantime, “Thunder Road” helmer Jim Cummings has appealed to Keaton via the Twittersphere to join his new film.
Dear @MichaelKeaton, I'm making my new film in Utah in March and I wrote a part for you in it. You are one of the reasons why I make movies at all, I don't think it can be played by anyone else, and I would love for you to consider it. I hope you're well, Jim.
— Jim Cummings (@jimmycthatsme) January 31, 2019
Keaton hasn’t responded publicly yet, but then he hasn’t updated his Twitter in two weeks either.