Michael B. Jordan Cast in New Film by Director Destin Daniel Cretton
Now this is some casting news that genuinely makes me excited to see this. THR is reporting that Michael B. Jordan is attached to a starring role in the new project from Destin Daniel Cretton, the very talented filmmaker behind the exceptional films Short Term 12 and I Am Not a Hipster. Destin is developing an adaptation of Bryan Stevenson's memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, and is currently working on the script with Andrew Lanham (of The Glass Castle). Broad Green Pictures will be distributing the project and has just picked up the rights, which include Michael B. Jordan as lead. Read on.
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
The feature film version of Just Mercy is being produced by Gil Netter (Water for Elephants, Life of Pi, The Blind Side, The Sea of Trees), to be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12, I Am Not a Hipster) who is currently working on the script with Andrew Lanham. It's presumed Michael B. Jordan will star as Bryan Stevenson, however the news doesn't specify yet. I'm really looking forward to this because I've been anxiously awaiting a new film from Destin. He's such a talented filmmaker that I've followed very closely for years (I first saw I Am Not a Hipster at Sundance 2012). To top it off, Michael B. Jordan is a remarkable actor on the rise. He may even end up with some accolades this year from Ryan Coogler's Creed. Stay tuned.