Before Destin Daniel Cretton enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the much-anticipated Shang-Chi, the Short Term 12 director is releasing in partnership with Warner Bros. the Michael B. Jordan starring drama Just Mercy. Based on a true story, Just Mercy, which features Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, tells the tale of Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) who graduates from Harvard Law and moves to Alabama to fight for the wrongfully convicted.
Here’s the Just Mercy synopsis:
A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson 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. One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian, 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.