Warner Bros has released the official trailer for Just Mercy, the uplifting awards-season drama starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
Jordan plays young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and the pic follows Stevenson’s real-life battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, he had his pick of lucrative jobs but 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 cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the 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 (Tim Blake Nelson) 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.
Cretton co-wrote the pic with Andrew Lanham based on Stevenson’s bestselling memoir. Rob Morgan, Rafe Spall, O’Shea Jackson Jr and Karan Kendrick also star.
Gil Netter and Jordan are producers on the pic, which Warner Bros will release in limited theaters on December 25 before taking it wide January 10, 2020. Stevenson, Mike Drake, Niija Kuykendall, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Scott Budnick, Jeff Skoll and Charles D. King are executive producers.
Check out the trailer above.
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