The powerful new trailer for “Just Mercy” shows actor Michael B. Jordan starring as an attorney fighting for justice for an inmate falsely accused of murder. The trailer highlights the themes of redemption, mercy and hope.
In the forthcoming Warner Bros. biographical drama, Jordan stars as lawyer and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson. A Harvard Law School graduate, Stevenson moved to Alabama and founded the Equal Justice Initiative in 1989 to defend the wrongly condemned and convicted.
The film is based on Stevenson’s 2014 book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx plays Walter McMillian, a black man convicted of the murder of a white female store clerk and sentenced to death. Stevenson comes to represent McMillian and is determined to fight for the truth. Despite overwhelming odds, Stevenson was able to overturn McMillian’s conviction and convince the prosecutors that the case had been mishandled.
Stevenson tells McMillian: “Your life is still meaningful, and I’m going to do everything possible to keep them from taking it.”
“You don’t know what you’re into down here in Alabama, when you’re guilty from the moment you’re born,” Foxx’s character responds.
Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson plays Eva Ansley, the operational director at EJI who tirelessly fought for justice for death row prisoners since the organization’s inception. In the trailer, her character reflects on the brokenness of the justice system, stating: “When I first learned about all of this, it was like looking at a river full of drowning people and not having any way of helping them.”