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Just Mercy

Synopsis of the film

Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther”, “Creed”, “Creed II”) and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray”, “Baby Driver”, “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room”, “The Glass Castle”, “Captain Marvel”) stars “Just Mercy”, an inspiring drama that brings to the big screen one of the most important stories of our time.

Award-winning filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (“The Glass Castle”, “Short Term 12”) directed the film from a script he co-wrote, based on Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning non-fiction bestseller.

A powerful and stimulating true story, “Just Mercy” follows the young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his battle for justice that has made history. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his selection of lucrative jobs. Instead, he goes to Alabama to defend those unjustly convicted or who did not have adequate representation, with the support of local defender Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first cases, and the most incendiary, is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to death for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite the preponderance of evidence proving her innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with the motive of lying. In the following years, Bryan is involved in a maze of legal and political maneuvering and open and brazen racism while fighting for Walter

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Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson
Jamie Foxx as Walter McMillian
Brie Larson as Eva Ansley
O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Anthony Ray Hinton
Tim Blake Nelson as Ralph Myers
Rob Morgan as Herbert Richardson
Lindsay Ayliffe as Judge Foster
CJ LeBlanc as John McMillan
Ron Clinton Smith as Woodrow Ikner
Dominic Bogart
Hayes Mercure
Karan Kendrick
Drew Scheid as Linus

The initial criticisms were warm for what critics called a respectful and sincere message movie. But the film’s performances were especially praised, including Jordan and Foxx. Both stars are expected to be contenders for next year’s Academy Awards. Warner Bros. will launch Just Mercy, starring Rob Morgan, Brie Larson and O’Shea Jackson Jr., on December 25.
Toronto, September 7 (AP). – The story of social justice based on a true story Just Mercy made a powerful impression at its world premiere on Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival, generating an emotional response to the drama of the Court led by Michael B. Jordan’s lawyer and Death Row inmate unjustly imprisoned by Jamie Foxx.

Just Mercy had been one of the most anticipated premieres of the festival. The film stars Jordan as Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Alabama Fair Justice Initiative. Foxx plays Walter McMillian, who in 1988 was sentenced to death for the murder of a young local white woman.

Made in the tradition of a Civil Rights drama but set in more contemporary times, Just Mercy faces larger social problems, including criminal justice reform, the death penalty and racial profiling. Based on Stevenson’s 2014 book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12), the film is also a kind of tribute to Stevenson’s activist legal work.
The initial criticisms were warm for what critics called a respectful and sincere message movie. But the film’s performances were especially praised, including Jordan and Foxx. Both stars are expected to be contenders for next year’s Academy Awards. Warner Bros. will launch Just Mercy, starring Rob Morgan, Brie Larson and O’Shea Jackson Jr., on December 25.

Foxx said he turned to personal experience for his performance. McMillian was finally exonerated in 1993 after his case became national news, including a “60 minute” segment that illustrated how local police framed McMillian with a false witness.

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