Michael B.Jordan knows how to put up a good fight as Adonis Creed, now he’s in another fight. In Just Mercy he fights to free a wrongly convicted man and get him off Death Row.
Jordan plays a young Havard educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson. Just Mercy is based on his best selling memoir of a talented lawyer who the pick of the best jobs. Instead he heads to the deep South to represent Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx). With local Advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larsson), this case will become one of his most historical legal battles. One embroiled in a labyrinth if legal and political manoeuvrings.
After Creed and Black Panther, this looks another big stepping stone for Jordan. It potentially has big chance of Awards contention but the categories are already full of potential contenders. This weekend the film makes it’s world premiere at Toronto Film Festival, that may answer many questions,
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first UK Trailer, check it out below…
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.
The main cast also includes Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Karan Kendrick. Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) directs.
Just Mercy will be released nationwide on 24th January, 2020.