Just Mercy trailer: Michael B. Jordan fights to save Jamie Foxx’s life

Just Mercy (2020)
Dir: Destin Daniel Cretton | Cast: Michael B. Jordan | Writers: Andrew Lanham (screenplay), Bryan Stevenson (novel), Destin Daniel Cretton (screenplay)

Based on Bryan Stevenson's (played by Michael B.Jordan) memoir, Just Mercy recalls the case of a Black man called Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who was convicted of killing a young white woman and held on death row, before being sentenced after a trial that lasted only a day-and-a-half. The jury ignored testimony from Black witnesses who stated he was at a church fish fry up at the time. While the jury gave him life imprisonment the judge decided that wasn't enough and overturned the verdict to sentence him to death. The potential of Foxx and Jordan together on-screen is strong and hopefully this can do justice to the powerful true story. As it debuts at TIFF soon you can now watch the first trailer for Just Mercy above.

The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned — including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights tirelessly for Walter with the system stacked against them.

Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) writes and directs, with Foxx and Jordan supported by Brie Larson, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Rob Morgan, Rafe Spall, and Tim Blake Nelson.

Just Mercy opens in selected US cinemas on Christmas Day, before going wide on January 10. The film opens in the UK on January 24.

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