Michael B. Jordan is on fire at the moment, this year alone, he is set to star in two of the biggest films of the year – Fantastic Four, and Rocky spin-off Creed – but he could be starring in a much more meaningful and low key role in Just Mercy. It is set to be directed by Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12), the film – which is an adaptation of the moving Bryan Stevenson memoir Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption – will follow the story of Stevenson’s work as a young lawyer. He founded the Equal Justice initiative, a company that was dedicated to representing the rights of women and children, as well as the impoverished and the wrongly accused.
One of his earliest cases was that of Walter McMillan, a man accused of a murder that he is adamant he didn’t commit, Stevenson gets dragged into a world of politics and conspiracy. Speaking of his attraction to the project, Cretton explains “Bryan’s story hit me harder than anything I’ve read in a long time… I’m humbled and honoured to have the opportunity“. This film is finally being developed after a fierce battle for the rights, which were eventually won by the production company Broad Green Pictures.