Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx lead the powerful first trailer for 'Just Mercy'
The pursuit for justice is never short or easy.
That’s at the heart of Just Mercy, an upcoming drama about a young Harvard-educated attorney who goes to Alabama in hopes of overturning wrongful convictions and cases where inmates weren’t given proper legal representation.
Starring Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson, the young lawyer teams up with Eva Ansley (Brie Larson), who’s already been advocating for wrongfully convicted local Alabamians. Their stories pick up when the two attempt to tackle the case of Walter McMillan (Jamie Foxx)—a man on death row for a murder that has little to no evidence tying him to the crime. The 1987 case became one of Stevenson’s best known cases and represents a landmark trial in Alabama, sparking a series of legal and social battles over race and the legitimacy of the court.
“It’s a system that preys on people of color, people who are poor, people who are uneducated,” Jordan told Time recently. “When you leave this movie, I want you to question what you think is normal.”
With two Oscar winners and one of Hollywood’s most promising young actors leading the cast, it’s hard to imagine that Just Mercy won’t be a major contender come awards season. The film is based on Stevenson’s 2014 best-selling book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, which won a number of awards, including the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence and an NAACP Image Award.
The film is expected to have a limited release on Christmas this year before launching in more theaters in January.