Warner Bros. just moved the “based on a true story” legal drama “Just Mercy” from January 2020 to December 2019, making it eligible for the 2019 awards season.
The film, which was originally set for a January 27 release, will now open in limited release on December 25. That means star Michael B. Jordan and his Oscar-winning costars Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx just got added to everyone’s awards scoreboard.
The “Black Panther” and “Creed” star plays attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. The film follows the case of death row inmate Walter McMillan (played by Jamie Foxx), who was convicted for a 1986 murder in Alabama.
It was Stevenson’s first case as an attorney — damn, this story is just made for awards season — and he proved that prosecution had suppressed evidence at the original trial.
Stevenson went on to write the book the film is based on, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.”
Larson costars as Eva Ansley, who confounded EJI with Stevenson. Rounding out the cast: Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, Rob Morgan and O’Shea Jackson, Jr.
Jordan was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for “Fruitvale Station,” but has gotten no Oscar love so far.
“Just Mercy” will open wide on Jan. 10.
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