As previously reported, Tony Award winners Christopher Plummer (Cyrano, Barrymore) and Frank Langella (Seascape, Fortune's Fool, Frost/Nixon) will star in the film directed by Stephen Frears, which "details the legal fight between Ali and the U.S. government when the fighter became a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War." Also in the cast is Benjamin Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).
The film features Plummer as Supreme Court judge John Marshall Harlan, Chalfant (Angels in America) as Ethel Harlan, Langella as Chief Justice Warren Burger, Glover ("Master Harold"…and the Boys) as Justice Thurgood Marshall, Levinson as Justice Potter Stewart, Begley Jr. as Justice Harry Blackmun, Balaban (The Inspector General) as an advocate for Vietnam veterans, Schreiber (Awake and Sing!) as Covert Becker and Walker as Kevin Kennedy.
According to Variety, the film will utilize actual footage of Ali and not cast an actor to play him.
Frank Doelger, Tracey Scoffield, Jonathan Cameron and Frears are the executive producers of the film, which features a screenplay by Shawn Slovo.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.