by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Michael B. Jordan isn’t afraid to tackle true-life material that makes you think. His turn in Fruitvale Station, the story of a young man who was unjustly killed by a BART police officer in San Francisco in 2009, was touching and thought provoking. Now he looks to be taking on another true tale of real life heroism.
Variety is reporting that Jordan has signed on to play Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson in the upcoming film Just Mercy.
The film is based on Steveson’s memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Destin Cretton has signed on to direct the film. Cretton will work off of a script that he’s writing alongside Andrew Lanham.
Cretton is best known for the indie drama Short Term 12. That film told the story of a supervisor at a home for troubled teens. The director handled some very dark subject matter but also managed to convey an inspiring message.
Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption was hailed by many outlets as one of the best books of 2014. The books official description gives us a good idea of what Jordan and Cretton are about to put to film:
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.
This sounds like it could possibly net Jordan an Oscar nod if it plays out right. He’s a great actor that shows amazing range. From the aforementioned Fruitvale Station to superhero fare like Chronicle and Fantastic Four to gritty sports dramas like the upcoming Creed, Jordan shows that he’s not afraid to take chances with the roles he takes.
No start date for production was announced at this time.