That is about all of us. Based mostly on a real story, #JustMercy arrives in cinemas January 24.
Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” “Creed II”) and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Child Driver,” “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room,” “The Glass Fortress,” “Captain Marvel”) star in “Simply Mercy,” an inspiring drama that brings one of the vital tales of our time to the large display.
Award-winning filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (“The Glass Fortress,” “Quick Time period 12”) directed the movie from a screenplay he co-wrote, based mostly on the award-winning nonfiction bestseller by Bryan Stevenson.
A strong and thought-provoking true story, “Simply Mercy” follows younger lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his decide of profitable jobs. As an alternative, he heads to Alabama to defend these wrongly condemned or who weren’t afforded correct illustration, with the help of native advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One in all his first, and most incendiary, instances is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the infamous homicide of an 18-year-old lady, regardless of a preponderance of proof proving his innocence and the truth that the one testimony in opposition to him got here from a prison with a motive to lie. Within the years that observe, Bryan turns into embroiled in a labyrinth of authorized and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the percentages—and the system—stacked in opposition to them.
The principle solid additionally contains Rob Morgan (“Mudbound”) as Herbert Richardson, a fellow prisoner who additionally sits on demise row awaiting his destiny; Tim Blake Nelson (“Wormwood”) as Ralph Myers, whose pivotal testimony in opposition to Walter McMillian is known as into query; Rafe Spall as Tommy Chapman, the DA who’s combating to uphold Walter’s conviction and sentence; O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”) as Anthony Ray Hinton, one other wrongly convicted demise row inmate whose trigger is taken up by Bryan; and Karan Kendrick (“The Hate U Give”) as Walter’s spouse, Minnie McMillian, who stands by her husband.
The movie is produced by two-time Oscar nominee Gil Netter (“Lifetime of Pi,” “The Blind Aspect”), Asher Goldstein (“Quick Time period 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 govt producers.
Cretton co-wrote the screenplay with Andrew Lanham (“The Glass Fortress”), based mostly on Stevenson’s e book Simply Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Revealed in 2014 by Spiegel & Grau, the e book has spent greater than 150 weeks on The New York Instances Greatest Sellers Record, and counting. It was additionally named one of many yr’s greatest books by various prime publications, together with TIME Journal. For the e book, Stevenson additionally received the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, an NAACP Picture Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction.
Cretton’s behind-the-scenes artistic staff included director of images Brett Pawlak, manufacturing designer Sharon Seymour, editor Nat Sanders and composer Joel P. West, all of whom beforehand collaborated with the director on “The Glass Fortress.” They’re joined by costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (“Detroit,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”).
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