Brie Larson will join Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy, which will see the actress reteam with her Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle director Destin Cretton.
The movie is based on the New York Times best-selling memoir by Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, which fights on behalf of the wrongly condemned and death-row prisoners trapped in the criminal justice system.
The story follows Stevenson’s work as a young lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a company dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly convicted, women and children. One of his earliest cases was Walter McMillian, sentenced to die for a murder he insists he didn’t commit and at the center of swirling mire of conspiracy and political double-dealing. Variety‘s report offers no details as to what Larson will be playing in the film, but she’ll be working on it when it kicks off production next month in Atlanta.
The book received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Nonfiction in 2015, and the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction.
Originally set up at Broad Green Pictures, the project was moved to Warner Bros. Just Mercy is set to begin filming next month in Atlanta. Jordan will produce, along with Gil Netter and Asher Goldstein. Larson, who is repped by WME, Authentic and Sloane Offer, will have a big 2019, making her debut as Marvel’s latest hero with Captain Marvel (8 March) and then showing up to help the MCU again in the untitled follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War, which is out on 26 April.