Watch: Jamie Foxx Says, ‘You’re Guilty From the Moment You’re Born’ to Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy Trailer

JUST MERCY Official Trailer / Warner Bros. Pictures (YouTube)

In a system that is supposed to presume us all innocent until proven guilty, why is it that for black people, sometimes the goal is “just mercy?”

Just Mercy will tell the story of one of many black people wrongfully convicted.

From the press release’s synopsis:

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) star in Just Mercy, an inspiring drama that brings one of the most important stories of our time to the big screen. Award-winning filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle, Short Term 12) directed the film from a screenplay he co-wrote, based on the award-winning nonfiction bestseller by Bryan Stevenson. A powerful and thought-provoking true story, Just Mercy follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

Advertisement

“The first time I visited death row, I wasn’t expecting to meet somebody the same age as me, from a neighborhood just like ours, it could’ve been me, mama,” Jordan’s Stevenson utters at the top of the trailer. These are four words every black boy or man has pondered or said out loud every time they’ve seen a black man or boy killed by police or wrapped up in the farce known as America’s justice system —“It could’ve been me.”

Jordan donned the cover of Time’s latest issue.

“It’s a system that preys on people of color, people who are poor, people who are uneducated,” Jordan told Kara Brown in regards to the infamous racial conspiracy against McMillan. “When you leave this movie, I want you to question what you think is normal.”

Just Mercy heads into a limited theatrical release on Dec. 25, 2019, and will expand into theaters everywhere Jan. 10, 2020.

Share This Story

About the author

Tonja Renée Stidhum

Staff Writer, Entertainment at The Root. Sugar, spice & everything rice. Equipped with the uncanny ability to make a Disney reference and a double entendre in the same sentence.