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Michael B. Jordan To Star In ‘Just Mercy’ For ‘Short Term 12’ Director Destin Cretton

Michael B. Jordan To Star In 'Just Mercy' For 'Short Term 12' Director Destin Cretton

It’s been two years since Destin Cretton‘s lovely “Short Term 12” premiered at SXSW, became an instant sensation, and went on to win a slew of awards. I would’ve thought Hollywood would be breaking his down his door and he’d be already at work on his next feature, and indeed, he was set to helm “Glass Castle” with Jennifer Lawrence slated to star, but that project stalled after the actress dropped out.

Finally, Cretton will direct a feature adaptation of Bryan Stevenson‘s multiple award-winning non-fiction book “Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption” with Michael B. Jordan attached to star. Even more, Variety reports that the hot property has already attracted the interest of Will Smith and Denzel Washington for possible other roles in the tale of a young man sentenced to death for a murder he didn’t commit. Here’s the book synopsis: 

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time
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 project is set up at Broad Green Pictures who beat out big league players like Paramount and Universal for the rights to the book. No word yet on who will write the screenplay, but let’s hope this one goes from development to production quickly.

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