NEW YORK – “Just Mercy,” the 2019 film which chronicles courtroom struggles against racial injustice and mass incarceration, will be made free on digital platforms throughout June in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Warner Bros. said Tuesday.
In the film, Michael B. Jordan plays attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, who helps a character played by Jamie Foxx. It’s based on Stevenson’s 2014 memoir “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” one of the books that has rocketed to the top of best-seller lists as protests have swept the country.
“We believe in the power of story,” the studio said in a statement. “Our film ‘Just Mercy,’ based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society.”
The film is streaming free on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Vudu, FandangoNOW, Apple TV and other streaming services.
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“Just Mercy,” released in December, was the first studio project made with the inclusion rider, the contractual provision mandating the consideration of people from underrepresented groups for cast and crew positions.
The rider was initiated as a way to change long-term under-representation of people of color and women in Hollywood.
Foxx, the film’s star, flew to Minneapolis last weekend to join community leaders and social justice activists protesting the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes.
“We’re not afraid to stand. We’re not afraid of the moment,” Foxx said Friday during an impassioned press conference at city hall. “To watch this man plead for his life as I sit with my two daughters, my nephews who had just come from the grocery store.
“I’m not a celebrity, I’m from Terrell, Texas. These are my brothers. This means everything because at the end of the day, when we see you guys out here on the front lines, we want to let you know you’ve got support.”
Contributing: USA TODAY
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