JUST MERCY In theaters this December.
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Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” “Creed II”) and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Child Driver,” “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room,” “The Glass Citadel,” “Captain Marvel”) star in “Simply Mercy,” an inspiring drama that brings one of the crucial vital tales of our time to the massive display.
Award-winning filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (“The Glass Citadel,” “Brief 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 assist of native advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). Certainly one of 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 woman, regardless of a preponderance of proof proving his innocence and the truth that the one testimony in opposition to him got here from a legal with a motive to lie. Within the years that comply with, 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 chances—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 preventing to uphold Walter’s conviction and sentence; and 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.
The movie is produced by two-time Oscar nominee Gil Netter (“Lifetime of Pi,” “The Blind Facet”), Asher Goldstein (“Brief 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 Citadel”), 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 Checklist, and counting. It was additionally named one of many 12 months’s greatest books by various prime publications, together with TIME Journal. For the e-book, Stevenson additionally gained the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, an NAACP Picture Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction.
Cretton’s behind-the-scenes artistic group included director of pictures 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 Citadel.” They’re joined by costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (“Detroit,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”).
Warner Bros. Footage presents, in Affiliation with Endeavor Content material/One Group/Participant Media/Macro, a Gil Netter Manufacturing, an Outlier Society Manufacturing, “Simply Mercy.” The movie is slated for restricted launch on December 25, 2019 and can go vast on January 10, 2020. “Simply Mercy” will likely be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Footage and has been rated PG-13 for thematic content material, together with some racial epithets. official trailer