Mid-budget legal dramas are a lot more rare than they used to be, so the fact that we're getting a new one from Shang-Chi and Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton should have everybody stoked. Not only that, but Cretton got an all-star cast to make Just Mercy: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, and Tim Blake Nelson are only some of the faces you'll notice in the trailer below:
It seems like this will be an emotionally brutal, if not harrowing, film. Just Mercy is based on the true life and trial of Walter McMillian (Jaime Foxx), who was wrongly imprisoned for murder for five years in late '80s Alabama. Michael B. Jordan plays Bryan Stevenson, a dedicated attorney who went above and beyond to get McMillian exonerated. As inspiring and cathartic their legal victory was, it's hard not to see the indignation McMillian and his family suffered through due to a deeply racist police and court system. A five year stint for doing absolutely nothing is no walk in the park.
Just Mercy will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (*checks watch*) this Friday!?! The rest of us will be able to see it in theaters on December 25th, aka the holiday that is Greta Gerwig's Little Women Day.