Just Mercy may be the most important film of the year and there are tons of reasons you should run, not walk to your nearest movie theater to see it. The film that stars Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx hits select theaters on Christmas Day and opens wide on January 10.
In it, Jordan (whose company produced the powerful flick) portrays attorney Bryan Stevenson, the real-life hero who has been fighting to exonerate the wrongfully incarcerated through the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) he founded in 1989. Since then, he has saved more than 125 men from the death penalty. In 2014, he wrote Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, which is the basis of the film produced by Jordan’s Outlier Productions.
“One of the really powerful things about this film is that it gives us the opportunity to have uncomfortable conversations,” says Kendrick.
“Being a student of Bryan Stevenson, I learned so much. It wasn’t just me making those choices about that character,” she said. “That was very much part of the conversation with Dustin and Bryan from the very beginning.”
Check out the full interview above.