Watch Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson in the 'Just Mercy' trailer
Warner Bros. Pictures has just released the trailer for their upcoming true drama Just Mercy, from director Destin Daniel Cretton, the helmer behind Short Term 12, The Glass Castle and Marvel‘s upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. In fact, there’s an ensemble cast at the heart of this one that should be very identifiable to comic book movie fans. Just Mercy stars Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) alongside Academy Award winners Jamie Foxx (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Brie Larson (Captain Marvel). Check out the trailer in the player below!
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.
The Just Mercy cast also includes Rob Morgan (Mudbound) as Herbert Richardson, a fellow prisoner who also sits on death row awaiting his fate; Tim Blake Nelson (Wormwood) as Ralph Myers, whose pivotal testimony against Walter McMillian is called into question; Rafe Spall as Tommy Chapman, the DA who is fighting to uphold Walter’s conviction and sentence; O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton) as Anthony Ray Hinton, another wrongly convicted death row inmate whose cause is taken up by Bryan; and Karan Kendrick (The Hate U Give) as Walter’s wife, Minnie McMillian, who stands by her husband.
Cretton co-wrote the screenplay with Andrew Lanham (with whom he previously teamed for The Glass Castle), based on Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. The film is produced by two-time Academy Award nominee Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side), Asher Goldstein (Short Term 12) and Michael B. Jordan. Bryan Stevenson, Mike Drake, Niija Kuykendall, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Scott Budnick, Jeff Skoll and Charles D. King served as executive producers.
Just Mercy hits the big screen December 25 in a limited release before opening wide January 10, 2020.