Warner Bros. has released a brand new trailer for Just Mercy. This is a prestige drama from director Destin Daniel Cretton, who has assembled an A-list cast to bring this tale to the big screen, led by Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Black Panther). Jordan is joined by a pair of Oscar-winners in Jamie Foxx (Ray, Django Unchained) and Brie Larson (Captain Marvel, Kong: Skull Island) for what looks to be a powerful and emotional drama that has awards season written all over it.
The first Just Mercy trailer dropped in early September. The latest footage kicks off in dramatic fashion as we see Jamie Foxx’s character being sentenced to death in a courtroom. This prompts an understandably impassioned response from his son, especially considering that a supposedly innocent man has just been put to his death by a court of law. Michael B. Jordan is positioned as a real-life modern hero here as he makes it his goal to see this wrongfully imprisoned man exonerated.
Destin Daniel Cretton co-wrote the screenplay with Andrew Lanham (The Glass Castle), which is based on Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. The book has received major accolades and has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list for more than 150 weeks. Stevenson, for his part, also won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, an NAACP Image Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction. Point being, the source material is strong and with a cast like this, it’s easy to see how this could end up being a big time Oscar play. This also reteams Cretton with Brie Larson, as they previously worked together on Short Term 12.
Just Mercy centers on a young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) who, after graduating from Harvard, makes his way to Alabama to defend the wrongly condemned or those who couldn’t afford proper representation. Bryan has the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to death for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite an overwhelming amount of evidence proving his innocence. In the following years, Bryan becomes embroiled in a legal battle and encounters unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds stacked against him.
So far critics who have screened the movie on the festival circuit have been quite kind as it boasts an 81 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The cast also includes Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen), and Rafe Spall (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom). This is also an important movie for Cretton, as he’s next going to be moving into the world of major blockbusters with Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings). Just Mercy is set for a limited release on December 25, with an expansion set to follow on January 10, 2020, from Warner Bros. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.