Taking place in 1987 and based on a true story, Just Mercy centers on the lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) as he heads to Alabama to defend black inmates on death row who were wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). The film will put particular focus on the case of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who was sentenced to death for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence.
“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,” the film’s synopsis states.
The main cast also includes Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Karan Kendrick. Just Mercy is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle, Short Term 12) from a screenplay he wrote, based on Stevenson’s best-selling nonfiction memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.