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Michael B. Jordan’s upcoming civil rights drama Just Mercy has landed a year-end release date in theaters.
Warner Bros. on Tuesday announced that the film, also starring Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, will now bow in select cinemas on Dec. 25 before opening nationwide on Jan. 10. Originally, it was set for Jan. 17.
Just Mercy is based on the New York Times best-selling memoir of the same name by Bryan Stevenson, a civil rights defense attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, who fights on behalf of the wrongly condemned and death-row prisoners trapped in the criminal justice system. The film follows Stevenson’s first case: that of Walter McMillian, a black man who was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit.
Jordan stars as Stevenson and executive produced the project, coming on board after a call from his Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, who connected him with Just Mercy helmer Destin Daniel Cretton.
In a second move to its release calendar, Warners and MGM officially pushed back their Sesame Street adaptation. The movie, starring Anne Hathaway, was widely expected to relocate off its Jan. 15, 2021, release date after production was pushed back by at least nine months. It now is set to open June 4, 2021.
The as-yet untitled pic, which is expected to include appearances from Sesame Street residents Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster, is said to be a musical.
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