Warner Bros delivers early digital release for Just Mercy
James R | On 04, Apr 2020
Warner Bros is delivering Just Mercy this April with the early digital release of its legal drama.
The film, which stars Jamie Foxx and Michael B Jordan, tells the story of a world-renowned civils rights defence attorney.
It 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 (Brie 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.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle, Short Term 12), the film is based on the award-winning nonfiction bestseller by Bryan Stevenson. It was released in UK cinemas on 24th January, just as Foxx’s performance was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award. Now, as a growing number of distributors turn to digital video as a way of releasing movies without cinemas open, Warner Bros is joining the trend by bringing forward its streaming release of Just Mercy. The film will be available to buy online from Monday 6th April, more than a month sooner than its planned digital release, with a DVD debut still planned for 25th May.
The film will be available to purchase on Amazon Prime Video, Sky Store, Apple TV, Google Play, Rakuten TV – and, indeed, is available to pre-order now. Here’s a trailer: