Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx in first trailer for 'Just Mercy'

Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx in first trailer for 'Just Mercy'

Warner Bros. Pictures released the first images of its upcoming feature “Just Mercy” last yesterday, Sept. 4 via YouTube.

Michael B. Jordan, who played the role of Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther”, stars as a lawyer in the film.

The autobiographical drama is adapted from Bryan Stevenson’s best-selling book “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption”.

The author, played by Jordan, describes the inside story of his profession. As a talented young lawyer, he fights for the same justice for all in a corrupt justice system. In the 1980s, Stevenson chooses to defend Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), a black prisoner who faces the death penalty for murder despite proof of his innocence.

The film will be directed and co-written by Destin Daniel Cretton, who made “Short Term 12”, thanks to which Brie Larson became a star. She will again be working with Cretton in “Just Mercy”, this time playing a lawyer named Eva Ansley.

Tim Blake Nelson, Rob Morgan, Rafe Spall and O’Shea Jackson round out the cast.

“Just Mercy” is set for wide release in the United States on Jan. 17, 2020. RGA/JB