New trailer for Just Mercy features Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson

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Destin Daniel Cretton has been in the limelight thanks to his attachment as the director of Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. However, moviegoers won’t be able to see that film until February 12, 2021. On the plus side, they’ll get to see Cretton’s next film in 2020 called Just Mercy, which is inspired by the true story of Bryan Stevenson. It stars Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan, Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson, and Django: Unchained’s Jamie Foxx. A new trailer has been released, and you can check it out below.

A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them. 

The film is directed and co-written by Destin Daniel Cretton and co-written by Andrew Lanham from the nonfiction book by Bryan Stevenson. The book is The New York Times Best Sellers, and Stevenson won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, an NAACP Image Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction.

Jordan, Foxx, and Larson are joined by Rob Morgan (Mudbound) as Herbert Richardson, Tim Blake Nelson (Wormwood) as Ralph Myers, Rafe Spall as Tommy Chapman, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton) as Anthony Ray Hinton.

Just Mercy will be released in theaters on January 10, 2020. There will be a limited release on December 25, 2019.

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