Trial by Fire trailer: Laura Dern helps Jack O'Connell fight for his life

Based on a true story published in the New Yorker magazine, Trial by Fire sees Jack O'Connell starring opposite Laura Dern. In dramas like Starred Up and '71, the English actor has shown how good he really can be, but he hasn't really struck gold with a film that will push him up to the next level. Money Monster could've potentially have been that film opposite Clooney and Julia Roberts, but it never quite worked out. Take a look at the trailer for Trial by Fire above to see what it has in store.

The film is about the true-life Texas story of the unlikely bond between an imprisoned death row inmate and a mother of two from Houston who, though facing staggering odds, fights mightily for his freedom. Cameron Todd Willingham, a poor, uneducated heavy metal devotee with a violent streak and a criminal record, is convicted of arson-related triple homicide in 1992. During his 12 years on death row, Elizabeth Gilbert, an improbable ally, uncovers questionable methods and illogical conclusions in his case, and battles with the state to expose suppressed evidence that could save him. Her efforts ultimately fail, and since Willingham’s execution, the disturbing question remains: Did Texas execute an innocent man?

Edward Zwick (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Blood Diamond) with Emily Meade and Joshua Mikel supporting Dern and O'Connell.

Trial by Fire gets a mid-May release in the US, but no news on a UK date just yet.

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