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JUST MERCY (January 2020)

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CAMERAS ROLL ON THE TRUE-LIFE DRAMA “JUST MERCY”
 

Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson star in the film,

which brings one of the most important stories of our time to the big screen

 









Burbank, CA – September 6, 2018 – Principal photography began this week on Warner Bros. Pictures’ inspiring drama “Just Mercy,” based on the award-winning nonfiction bestseller by Bryan Stevenson.  The film stars Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” upcoming “Creed II”) and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Baby Driver,” “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room,” “The Glass Castle,” upcoming “Captain Marvel”).  Award-winning filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (“The Glass Castle,” “Short Term 12”) is directing “Just Mercy.”

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 might have had his pick of lucrative jobs.  Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, 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.  

The film is being produced by two-time Oscar nominee Gil Netter (“Life of Pi,” “The Blind Side”) and Asher Goldstein (“Short Term 12”), with Mike Drake, Michael B. Jordan, Bryan Stevenson, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond and Niija Kuykendall serving as executive producers.  Cretton is helming the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Andrew Lanham (“The Glass Castle”), based on Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.  Published in 2014 by Spiegel & Grau, the book has spent 118 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers List, and counting, and was named one of the year’s best books by a number of top publications, including TIME Magazine.  For the book, Stevenson also won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, an NAACP Image Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction.  

The main cast also includes O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”) as Anthony Ray Hinton, another wrongly convicted death row inmate whose cause is taken up by Bryan; Rob Morgan (“Mudbound”) as Herbert Richardson, who also sits on death row awaiting his fate; and Tim Blake Nelson (“Wormwood”) as Ralph Myers, whose pivotal testimony against Walter McMillian is called into question.  

The creative team working with Cretton behind the scenes includes director of photography Brett Pawlak, production designer Sharon Seymour, editor Nat Sanders and composer Joel P. West, all of whom previously collaborated with the director on “The Glass Castle.”  They are joined by costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (“Detroit,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”).

“Just Mercy” is being shot almost entirely on location in and around Atlanta, Georgia, with a few scenes also filmed in Montgomery, Alabama.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, a Gil Netter Production, an Outlier Society Production, “Just Mercy” is slated for release in the Philippines on January 29, 2020, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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    JUSTICE SYSTEM IS ON TRIAL IN THE NEW JUST MERCY TRAILER

     

    Based on a true story, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Just Mercy,” in Philippine cinemas January 22, 2020.

    Check out the film’s main trailer below which has just been launched by Warner Bros.



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     A MODERN HERO’S REAL-LIFE STORY UNFOLDS IN “JUST MERCY”

     

    Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” the “Creed” films) and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Baby Driver,” “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room,” “Captain Marvel”) star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “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 Bryan Stevenson’s bestselling memoir.

    “Just Mercy” is based on the powerful and thought-provoking true story of 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 main 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, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

    Michael B. Jordan, who portrays Bryan and is one of the film’s producers, says, “Throughout the course of the story, we see the ups and downs and trials and tribulations as Bryan fights to get Walter exonerated and freed from death row.  You get to know Walter and see the humanity of the innocent man who’s been wrongly convicted, but you also see Bryan’s courage and passion, and understand why he has dedicated his life to this cause through his non-profit organization, the Equal Justice Initiative.”

    The film’s director and co-screenwriter, Destin Daniel Cretton, adds, “The film’s story starts more than 30 years ago, but Bryan is still fighting the same fight every day.  He’s in it for the long haul.  And he is probably the most kind, empathetic person I’ve ever met—a combination of a genius mind and a heart that is so big—and he’s somehow able to combine those two to create a strategy that is really effective in helping the people who need it.

    Jamie Foxx, who plays Walter McMillian, reflects, “There was a racial domino that was pushed a long time ago, and we’ve yet to put a stop to them falling.  So a movie like this is needed because, hopefully, people will come—Black, white, Asian, Latino, whoever—and leave the theatre with a different mindset and say, ‘No, we don’t want to see that happen anymore.’”

    “Movies have a remarkable way of uniting us with people who are different from us,” adds Brie Larson, who plays Bryan’s colleague Eva Ansley in the film.  “So the idea that folks who maybe aren’t familiar with this issue, or who have a preconceived notion about the men and women on death row, could watch this film and have a new understanding of how our judicial system works, how it can fail us and how we can be of support is really important.”

    To be shown exclusively at selected Ayala Malls Cinemas starting January 22, “Just Mercy” is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a WarnerMedia Company.  

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    MICHAEL B. JORDAN’S JUST MERCY OPENS EXCLUSIVELY AT AYALA MALLS CINEMAS JAN. 22

     

    Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Just Mercy,” the powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer and his history-making battle for justice, will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas starting January 22.

    Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” the “Creed” films) leads a powerhouse cast that includes Brie Larson (“Captain Marvel,” “Kong: Skull Island”) and Jamie Foxx (“Baby Driver,” “Django Unchained”).

    After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) 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 main 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, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

    Michael B. Jordan, who portrays Bryan and is one of the film’s producers, says, “Throughout the course of the story, we see the ups and downs and trials and tribulations as Bryan fights to get Walter exonerated and freed from death row.  You get to know Walter and see the humanity of the innocent man who’s been wrongly convicted, but you also see Bryan’s courage and passion, and understand why he has dedicated his life to this cause through his non-profit organization, the Equal Justice Initiative.”

    “There are many reasons Michael B. was the perfect choice to play Bryan,” says director Destin Daniele Cretton, “beyond the fact that he is an extraordinary actor.  He is an extremely empathetic person who not only cares deeply about the subject matter of this film but also about properly representing Bryan because, like all of us, he holds him in very high regard.”

    Stevenson, in turn, has long admired Jordan’s work, going back to his breakout role in HBO’s “The Wire,” and, more recently, “Fruitvale Station,” which he calls “powerful.”  But more importantly, he says, “When we met, he seemed like the kind of person I would feel comfortable with.  He’s thoughtful and compassionate and genuine, and I value those qualities, so I was really excited when he signed on.”

    “Just Mercy” opens on January 22 exclusively at selected Ayala Malls Cinemas: Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio High Street, Trinoma, U.P. Town Center, Ayala Malls The 30th,  Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Ayala Malls Capital Central, Ayala Malls Central Bloc and Centr

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