Michael B. Jordan on Importance of Civil Rights Drama ‘Just Mercy': ‘I Don’t Want to Mess This Up’

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Michael B. Jordan on Importance of Civil Rights Drama ‘Just Mercy': ‘I Don’t Want to Mess This Up’
Michael B. Jordan is no stranger to taking on roles smothered in social justice: Whether it’s telling the tragic story of Oscar Grant, unarmed and killed by police in Oakland in “Fruitvale Station”, or embodying the oppression so many black people in America feel in his villain turn as Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther”. Jordan is familiar with carrying that weight.

His next film, “Short Term 12” filmmaker Destin Cretton’s “Just Mercy,” is no different.

In Warner Bros.’ short teaser shown during the CAA Amplify summit in Ojai, California on Tuesday, Jordan commanded the screen in his portrayal of real-life author, activist and Civil Rights defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson. Jamie Foxx, who stars alongside Jordan as wrongly convicted death row inmate Walter McMillian, also gives an emotional performance in the film which is slated for a Jan. 2020 release.

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