Just Mercy is an adaptation of Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson's 2014 memoir on his first case, Walter McMillian, a young black man sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit. Despite his airtight alibi, McMillian was convicted and spent six years on death row before being exonerated. Destin Cretton, with whom Larson worked on Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle, has directed the film from a script which he co-wrote with Andrew Lanham.
Now the makers have dropped the second trailer of the film and it follows Jordan’s Bryan Stevenson as he attempts the clear the name of Walter McMillian, played by Jamie. The trailer of the legal drama opens with a shot of Bryan and Walter sitting in a courtroom as a judge sentences the latter to death. Soon, Walter's son John (played by C.J. LeBlanc) stands up and pleads with the judge, "That's my dad, sir. He ain't do nothing wrong." The judge orders him to sit down while the former and court officers get into a screaming match. However, Bryan defends Walter and says, "They convicted an innocent man. I was taught to fight for the people who need the help the most."
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Apart from Jordan and Jamie, the film also stars Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Karan Kendrick, and Brie Larson. It is slated to release on January 10.