Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the film is based on the award-winning nonfiction bestseller by lawyer and social-justice activist Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. The true story follows a young Stevenson (portrayed by Michael B. Jordan) as he takes on a history-making battle for justice, which sees a man named Walter McMillian being sentenced to die for killing an 18-year-old white woman, despite overwhelming evidence proving his innocence. Stevenson is also joined by advocate Eva Ansley to fight against the legal system and its overt racism. Jordan is joined by Academy Award-winners Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson who take on the roles of McMillian and Ansley.
Sitting down with Time Magazine Jordan shared his thought on the upcoming project, “It’s a system that preys on people of color, people who are poor, people who are uneducated. When you leave this movie, I want you to question what you think is normal.”
Just Mercy will make its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) later this week. The film will then hit theaters worldwide December 25, 2019.
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