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WATCH: Powerful First Trailer Released for ‘Just Mercy,’ Starring Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson & Jamie Foxx

Warner Bros Pictures have released the first official trailer for Daniel Destin Cretton‘s “Just Mercy.” The feature is based on the New York Times best-selling novel “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson. The film stars Michael B Jordan (“Creed 2”), Academy Award winner Brie Larson (“Room”) and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx (“Ray”).

The official synopsis:

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.

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Cretton directs from a script collaborated on with Andrew Lanham (“The Kid”). Cretton’s past projects include directing the magnetizing drama “Short Term 12,” that saw early roles from Larson as well as Rami Malek, Lakeith Stanfield and Kaitlyn Dever. Cretton was also tapped by Marvel to helm the upcoming “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

“Just Mercy” also stars Rob Morgan (“Mudbound”) Tim Blake Nelson (“Wormwood”) Rafe Spall and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”). The film is produced by Endeavor Content, Netter Productins and Outlier Society. Warner Bros Pictures is distributing the film in theaters wide January 10, 2020. It will also screen in limited theaters December 25.

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.

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