*Last night (01-06-20), Kobe Bryant hosted a special community screening for “Just Mercy” at the Cinemark in the Baldwin Hills section of Los Angeles.
Stars of the film, Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Karan Kendrick and author and executive producer Bryan Stevenson attended, along with Terrence J.
The inspiring drama 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 the award-winning nonfiction bestseller by Stevenson.
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 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 only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie.
In the years that followed, Stevenson 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.
The cast also includes Rob Morgan (“Mudbound”), Tim Blake Nelson (“Wormwood”), Rafe Spall (“The Big Short”).
“Just Mercy” will be in theaters everywhere January 10.
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