Michael B. Jordan takes a more grounded role for his next feature film outing with Just Mercy.
Based on the true story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his efforts to clear the name Walter McMillian, who served almost a decade on Alabama’s death row for a crime he didn’t commit, Just Mercy follows Stevenson’s (Jordan) struggles to get McMillian’s (Jamie Foxx) conviction overturned.
McMillian stayed on death row despite a lot of evidence proving his innocence. (In real life, his conviction was overturned in 1993.)
The trailer opens with Stevenson and McMillian in the court room as the judge sentence McMillian to death. In real life, McMillian was sentenced to life imprisonment by the jury, but the judge used a special statute in Alabama to impose the death sentence.
Stevenson’s clearly not going to let McMillian go to the electric chair without a fight. He promises McMillian at the end of the trailer, “Your life is still meaningful, and I’m gonna do everything possible to keep them from taking it.”
The film was written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12). Just Mercy also stars Brie Larson, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Rob Morgan and Tim Blake Nelson.
Just Mercy will be released in select theatres on Christmas 2019 before a wide release on Jan. 10, 2020.