'Just Mercy': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Michael B Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson starrer
'Just Mercy' is based on 'Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption' by Bryan Stevenson and portrays the life Stevenson led while championing the cause of prohibiting individuals below the age of 18 from being sentenced to death or life imprisonment without parole
'Just Mercy' is a film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton which has been in development since 2015 when Broad Green Productions hired the director to make the film with Michael B. Jordan set to star in it. The film went into production in August 2018 and the shooting of the film began in Montgomery, Alabama. Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson were cast in the film among others in July and August 2018.
The film will have its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, followed by a theatrical release December 25.
'Just Mercy' is based on 'Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption' by Bryan Stevenson and portrays the life Stevenson led while championing the cause of prohibiting individuals below the age of 18 from being sentenced to death or life imprisonment without parole.
He also worked on cases where individuals were sentenced to death and saved a dozen people through appeals. His memoir received critical acclaim and was selected by Time magazine as one of the '10 Best Books of Nonfiction' for 2014. Michael B Jordan plays the role of Bryan Stevenson in the film.
Michael B. Jordan
Actor Michael B Jordan plays the role of lawyer Bryan Stevenson who wants to make a difference in the lives of inmates who have been sentenced to death by filing appeals to save them from their sentences. Mercy is the theme of the film and Stevenson aims to help Walter McMillian who is initially reluctant but comes on board.
Actor Jamie Foxx plays the role of Walter McMillian, an inmate imprisoned for murder who receives a request from Bryan Stevenson to let him be represented by the lawyer. From being reluctant to turning hopeful, Foxx's character will drive the film side by side with Jordan.
Brie Larson plays the role of Eva Ansley, a lawyer who is equally invested in the same cause as Stevenson but is disillusioned with the process of championing for the cause. She is inspired by Stevenson and even sees hope for the inmates that the two of them reach out to, to represent them in appealing death sentences.
Destin Daniel Cretton has previously worked with Brie Larson on two projects, 'Short Term 12' in 2013 and 'The Glass Castle' in 2017. 'Just Mercy' will be their third collaboration. The director will also work with Marvel on their upcoming project titled 'Shangi-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings'.
The trailer of the film was released September 4 and featured Michael B. Jordan as lawyer Bryan Stevenson who is on a mission to help inmates with legal representation. One of the individuals he represents is Jamie Foxx's Walter McMillian who was imprisoned on charges of murder.
After having gone through the system once, Walter is wary of lawyers and that is clear from the conversation he has with Stevenson in the trailer. Somehow, he is convinced to let Stevenson represent him in court and how this case affects Stevenson and the things he does to help his client is what the film is about. Brie Larson plays Eva Ansley who assists Stevenson with the cases that he takes up.
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