Just Mercy

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Just Mercy
Directed byDestin Daniel Cretton
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Destin Daniel Cretton
  • Andrew Lanham
Based onJust Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson
Music byJoel P. West
CinematographyBrett Pawlak
Edited byNat Sanders
  • Endeavour Content
  • One Community
  • Participant Media
  • Macro Media
  • Gil Netter Productions
  • Outlier Society
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06) (TIFF)
  • December 25, 2019 (2019-12-25) (United States)
Running time
136 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Just Mercy is a 2019 American legal drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, and starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, and Brie Larson. It tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson appeals his murder conviction.

It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2019, and is scheduled to be theatrically released on December 25, 2019, by Warner Bros. Pictures.


Attorney Bryan Stevenson takes the case of Walter McMillian, a man wrongfully imprisoned for murder of a white woman.



Development began on the film in 2015 when Broad Green Productions hired Destin Daniel Cretton to direct, with Michael B. Jordan set to star.[2] In December 2017, Warner Bros. acquired the distribution rights for the film, followed Broad Green Productions entering bankruptcy.[3] In July 2018, Jamie Foxx joined the cast.[4] In August 2018, Brie Larson, O'Shea Jackson Jr. and Tim Blake Nelson joined the cast, with filming starting in Montgomery, Alabama by August 30.[5][6][7][8] In October 2018, Dominic Bogart, Hayes Mercure and Karan Kendrick joined the cast.[9][10]


It will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2019.[11] The film will receive an awards qualifying limited release on December 25, 2019.[12] The film is thereafter set to receive a wide release on January 17, 2020.[13]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 86% based on 44 reviews, with an average score of 6.65/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Just Mercy dramatizes a real-life injustice with solid performances, a steady directorial hand, and enough urgency to overcome a certain degree of earnest advocacy."[14] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15]


  1. ^ "Just Mercy". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  2. ^ McNary, Dave; McNary, Dave (September 8, 2015). "'Walk in the Woods' Boosts Broad Green Pictures". Variety. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Warner Bros. Picks Up Michael B. Jordan Legal Drama 'Just Mercy'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ "Jamie Foxx in Talks to Join Michael B. Jordan in Legal Drama 'Just Mercy'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ "Brie Larson Joins Michael B. Jordan in 'Just Mercy'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  6. ^ "O'Shea Jackson Jr. Joins Michael B. Jordan in 'Just Mercy' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin; Kroll, Justin (August 27, 2018). "Michael B. Jordan's 'Just Mercy' Adds Tim Blake Nelson (EXCLUSIVE)".
  8. ^ ""Just Mercy" Movie Films in Montgomery". Equal Justice Initiative.
  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda; N'Duka, Amanda (October 1, 2018). "'SNL's Beck Bennett, D'Arcy Carden Star In 'Greener Grass'; 'Just Mercy' Adds Dominic Bogart & Hayes Mercure".
  10. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 2, 2018). "Karan Kendrick Cast In 'Just Mercy'; 'Doctor Sleep' Adds Jocelin Donahue". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  11. ^ Lang, Brent (July 23, 2019). "Toronto Film Festival: 'Joker,' 'Ford v Ferrari,' 'Hustlers' Among Big Premieres". Variety. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  12. ^ Michael B. Jordan's 'Just Mercy' Lands Year-End Awards Release; 'Sesame Street' Officially Pushed
  13. ^ N'Duka, Amanda; N'Duka, Amanda (April 20, 2018). "Warner Bros Dates Melissa McCarthy Comedy 'Superintelligence' & Michael B. Jordan's 'Just Mercy'". Deadline. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  14. ^ "Just Mercy (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  15. ^ "Just Mercy reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 11, 2019.

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