Based on the memoirs of famed lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy features Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson taking on the case of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), an Alabama man arrested and placed on death row for a murder he did not commit.
From the look of this trailer, imagine A Time to Kill except not making the whole movie about a white lawyer? And with a man on trial who didn’t kill anyone.
As you’d imagine, the whole arrest was a mockery of justice. McMillian had multiple witnesses placing him somewhere else at the time of the murder he was found guilty of and evidence clearing him. It’s a story familiar to us all, one of obvious injustice based purely on the color of Walter McMillian’s skin. This is America.
With a star-studded cast also featuring Brie Larson, here’s hoping they tell this story well and bring that much more light to the cruelty and racism still pervasive throughout the American justice system.
Just Mercy will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, followed by a limited theatrical release December 25 and full release on January 17, 2020.
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