Throughout the month of June, audiences will be able to freely rent the courtroom drama on various platforms in the U.S., including Amazon Prime, YouTube and Vudu. The statement from Warner Bros. also asks Twitter users to follow the real-life work of lawyer Bryan Stevenson at the non-profit Equal Justice Initiative. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the EJL provides legal representation to poor and wrongly convicted prisoners who have been denied a fair and just trial.
Based on Stevenson’s bestselling 2015 memoir, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, the film follows the 61-year-old social justice activist during his younger days. Jordan plays Stevenson, who becomes involved with the case of an inmate on death row named Walter McMillian, who’s played by Foxx. The movie follows the young lawyer as he tries to prove that McMillian was wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn’t commit.
Released in theaters on Christmas Day 2019, Just Mercy earned $50 million at the box office and largely positive reviews from critics. Foxx’s performance as McMillian was particularly singled out, and nabbed him a nomination at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
In a recent interview with The New Yorker, the real-life Stevenson discussed the emotions behind the George Floyd protests. “I don’t think it would be fair to ask protesters to solve the problems created by this long history,” he said. “In many ways, protests are a reaction of frustration and anger to the unwillingness of elected officials to engage in the kind of reforms that need to happen. The protests are a symbol of frustration and despair.”
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