The first trailer has been released from The Chicago 8, writer-director Pinchas Perry's drama based on the true story of eight Vietnam war protesters who stood trial for inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. This first look at the upcoming docudrama focuses on Orlando Jones as Bobby Seale, the Black Panther Party founder who was one of the defendants in this historic trial. Take a look at the first footage from this period drama, based on actual courtroom transcripts, then check out The Chicago 8, releasing exclusively on VOD formats September 4th.

The Chicago 8 is the true story from the notorious 1968 trial that resulted when seven leaders of a Vietnam anti-war movement, and a member of the Black Panthers, were charged with conspiracy to incite devastating riots in Chicago. Desperate to stop what they saw as an "immoral war", this group was ready to take on the establishment, express their freedom of speech by all means necessary, while paying a price for their actions.