Ben Stiller among ‘Chicago’ contenders

Ben Stiller is in talks to direct “The Trial of the Chicago 7” – the project about the 1968 riots at the Democratic convention and their aftermath.

While discussions for Stiller to helm the film are very much at the exploratory stage, the actor and studio DreamWorks are mulling whether such a pairing would work for both parties.

A “Chicago” gig would mark a departure for Stiller, who has directed such successful comedies as “Tropic Thunder” and “Zoolander,” but has not helmed a serious political picture of this kind before.

Stiller follows several other notables who have been associated with directing the roject, including Paul Greengrass, who was a candidate during the summer, and even Steven Spielberg, who at one time was considering helming the picture.