The just-released trailer for the Warner Bros. drama Just Mercy shows Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Fox, and Brie Larsen leading an ensemble that’s locked-in on the intense project’s compelling true-life tale about Walter McMillian, a wrongly convicted inmate on Alabama’s death row.
Just Mercy premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and it opens in limited release on Christmas Day. The wide release follows on Jan. 10. The legal drama was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, working off a script he wrote with Andrew Lanham. Cretton, the Hawaiian-born filmmaker, also worked with Larsen on two previous projects, Short Term 12 (2013) and The Glass Castle (2017).
The film adapts Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption , the memoir by defense attorney Bryan Stevenson (portrayed by Jordan on screen) about the trials and tribulations of McMillian (Foxx). The cast also includes Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Karan Kendrick.
The Producers of Just Mercy are Gil Netter, Asher Goldstein, and Michael B. Jordan. The Executive Producers are Bryan Stevenson, Mike Drake, Niija Kuykendall, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Scott Budnick, Jeff Skoll, and Charles D. King.
The synopsis from Warner Bros.: “A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds — and the system — stacked against them.”
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