Based on a true story, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson star in #JustMercy, in cinemas January 23, 2020.
Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” “Creed II”) and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx
(“Ray,” “Baby Driver,” “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room,” “The Glass Castle,” “Captain
Marvel”) star in “Just Mercy,” an inspiring drama that brings one of the most important stories of
our time to the big screen.
Award-winning filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (“The Glass Castle,” “Short Term 12”)
directed the film from a screenplay he co-wrote, based on the award-winning nonfiction bestseller
by Bryan Stevenson.
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 main cast also includes Rob Morgan (“Mudbound”) as Herbert Richardson, a fellow
prisoner who also sits on death row awaiting his fate; Tim Blake Nelson (“Wormwood”) as Ralph
Myers, whose pivotal testimony against Walter McMillian is called into question; Rafe Spall as
Tommy Chapman, the DA who is fighting to uphold Walter’s conviction and sentence; O’Shea
Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”) as Anthony Ray Hinton, another wrongly convicted death
row inmate whose cause is taken up by Bryan; and Karan Kendrick (“The Hate U Give”) as Walter’s
wife, Minnie McMillian, who stands by her husband.
The film is produced by two-time Oscar nominee Gil Netter (“Life of Pi,” “The Blind Side”),
Asher Goldstein (“Short Term 12”) and Michael B. Jordan. Bryan Stevenson, Mike Drake, Niija
Kuykendall, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Scott Budnick, Jeff Skoll and Charles D. King
served as executive producers.
Cretton co-wrote the screenplay with Andrew Lanham (“The Glass Castle”), based on
Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Published in 2014 by Spiegel &
Grau, the book has spent more than 150 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers List, and
counting. It was also named one of the year’s best books by a number of top publications,
including TIME Magazine. For the book, Stevenson also won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for
Excellence, an NAACP Image Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction.
Cretton’s behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Brett Pawlak,
production designer Sharon Seymour, editor Nat Sanders and composer Joel P. West, all of whom
previously collaborated with the director on “The Glass Castle.” They are joined by costume
designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (“Detroit,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”).
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in Association with Endeavor Content/One
Community/Participant Media/Macro, a Gil Netter Production, an Outlier Society Production, “Just
Mercy.” Slated for release on January 23, 2020, “Just Mercy” will be distributed
worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.