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Chadwick Boseman, who plays Black Panther in the DC Comics universe, takes the headline role of a crusading civil rights lawyer in a heartfelt biopic directed by Reginald Hudlin. In the 1940s, two decades before he would become the first African-American justice on the US Supreme Court, defence attorney Thurgood Marshall (Boseman) is plying his trade on behalf of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is asked to represent a black man called Joseph Spell (Sterling K Brown), who stands accused of raping and murdering his wealthy employer, Eleanor Sturbing (Kate Hudson). Spell pleads his innocence but in the racially divided community of Bridgeport, Connecticut, a guilty verdict is almost assured. Jewish white lawyer Sam Friedman (Josh Gad) is also asked to defend Spell and he works alongside Marshall to build a case for the accused. Judge Foster (James Cromwell), who presides over the trial, refuses to allow Marshall to speak since he is not a member of the Connecticut bar and the titular man of the law resorts to passing scraps of paper to Friedman to ensure justice prevails.