The Times Online is reporting that Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G) has been set to star in Steven Spielberg's upcoming drama The Trial of the Chicago 7. In the film, he will play Abbie Hoffman.

Hoffman was a member of the 1960s counterculture that performed a number of pranks in order to protest the Vietnam War. The film is said to be similar in tone to Spielberg's Munich. The story will follow a group of protesters that disrupt the 1968 Democrat party convention with an anti-Vietnam-war carnival that turns nasty.

The film does not have a set start date at this time.