The comedian behind 'Tropic Thunder', Ben Stiller, has been reported to be eyeing the same position director Steven Spielberg is attached to in DreamWorks drama, 'Trial of the Chicago 7'.
Moving on from his successful "Tropic Thunder" movie, Ben Stiller may next serve as the director of "The Trial of the Chicago 7". On the subject, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that the comedian has become one of the candidates for the director part, considering that he is in early talks for the behind-the-lens role.
With the outing of this report, Stiller can be enlisted among the other directors who are also linked for the role, including Steven Spielberg and Paul Greengrass. Though he has directed several hit comedies, like "Thunder" and "Zoolander", the drama project will be the 42-year-old's first serious political movie if he is indeed picked up as the helmer.
Based on the real trials of the protesters at the 1968 Democratic convention, "Chicago 7" is written by Aaron Sorkin. The movie slated for 2009 release also has Sacha Baron Cohen attached to star, while others, like Will Smith, Taye Diggs, Adam Arkin, Kevin Spacey and Philip Seymour Hoffman, have been rumored to take part.