Just Mercy is set to be groundbreaking. The movie will be released in theaters on Christmas day, December 25th, 2019. The movie follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his “history-making battle for justice.” The movie recounts social activist Bryan Stevenson’s fight to free Walter McMillian. McMillian is a wrongfully convicted man. He is portrayed by Jamie Foxx and Stevenson is played by Michael B. Jordan.
According to reports, “Just Mercy is the first major studio film to adopt the idea of an inclusion rider, a contractual provision that mandates women, people of color, LGBTQ people and other underrepresented groups be considered for key on-screen and behind-the-scenes jobs.”
"Michael has been a great conversation partner throughout this whole experience,” says Stevenson. “I can talk to him a little bit about how to move through a courtroom, and he can definitely show me how to move on a red carpet.” Jordan isn’t having it. “Sometimes I think, ‘What can I tell this guy?’” he says. “Because I look up to him.”
The movie is breaking barriers and telling a story that needs to be told.
“This was an important story, a moving story and one that we felt could draw a mainstream audience,” says Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Picture Group, the studio behind the roughly $25 million production. “The filmmakers had a plan to make it at a responsible price, so there was managed risk, and you know sometimes you’ve just got to take a shot on something you believe in.”
Will you be going to see it?