Jamie Foxx in talks to join Michael B. Jordan in legal drama 'Just Mercy'

Written by on July 16, 2018

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — Jamie Foxx could be teaming up with Michael B. Jordan for an upcoming courtroom drama.

A source tells Variety , the Oscar winner is in negotiations to star alongside Jordan in the upcoming the Warner Bros. film Just Mercy. 

The drama, based on the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, chronicles the real-life story of social justice activist Bryan Stevenson, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative.

Like Stevenson’s book, the film will follow his first case, that of Walter McMillian, a young black man sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit.

According to Variety, Foxx will play the role of  McMillan, a role described as, “highly coveted by several movie stars.” Variety reports Foxx pushed hard for the gig, which may, “thrust him back in the awards-season spotlight..” 

Just Mercy is set to hit theaters on January 1, 2020.

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