Warner Bros Pictures has released a new trailer for Just Mercy, a potential awards contender based on a true story. Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station) stars in the drama adapted from the book by Bryan Stevenson.
The cast also includes Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Karan Kendrick, and Brie Larson.
Just Mercy was adapted by Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham, with Cretton directing. The film marks the third collaboration between writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton and Brie Larson. Cretton and Larson previously worked together on 2013’s Short Term 12 and 2017’s The Glass Castle.
Author Stevenson served as an executive producer with Mike Drake, Niija Kuykendall, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Scott Budnick, Jeff Skoll, and Charles D. King. Michael B. Jordan, Gil Netter, and Asher Goldstein produced.
Just Mercy will open in limited release on December 25, 2019 followed by a wide release on January 10, 2020.
“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.”