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WATCH: First Trailer for Stephen Frears' 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight,' Starring Glover, Plummer, Langella and More

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 27, 2013 at 1:03PM

A first full trailer has arrived for Stephen Frears' "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," centering on Heavy Weight champ Ali's 1967 decision to refuse to enlist for Vietnam service -- which had legal ramifications all the way to the Supreme Court. Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover, Frank Langella and more star. Watch below.
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"Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight"
"Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight"

A first full trailer has arrived for Stephen Frears' "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," centering on Heavy Weight champ Ali's 1967 decision to refuse to enlist for Vietnam service -- which had legal ramifications all the way to the Supreme Court. Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover, Frank Langella and more star. Watch below.

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight

Frears ("Philomena," "The Queen") made the decision to not cast an actor to play Ali -- instead, only archival footage of the famed boxer is used in the film. Glover plays Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Plummer plays Justice Marshall Harlan and Langella is Chief Justice Warren Burger. Ed Begley Jr., Bob Balaban, Kathleen Chalfant and Barry Levinson also star.

After premiering at Cannes earlier this year, the film will debut October 5 on HBO.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.