How to Watch Michael B. Jordan's 'Just Mercy' for Free

In keeping with the spirit of the protests and demonstrations happening throughout the United States following the death of George Floyd, Warner Bros. has released Just Mercy—the studio's moving legal drama about the work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson—for free rental on digital platforms. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the 2019 feature stars Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, and deals with issues that are at the very forefront of the culture right now, namely social justice, activism and racial inequality.

The announcement that Warner Bros. was making the film available for streaming came on Blackout Tuesday, via social media. "We believe in the power of story. Just Mercy is one resource we can offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society," reads a tweet from the official Just Mercy account.

In a statement shared with the tweet, Warner Bros. urged viewers to engage with issues of systemic racism, and offered Just Mercy as a starting point. "To actively be part of the change our country is so desperately seeking, we encourage you to learn more about our past and the countless injustices that have led us to where we are today."

Throughout the month of June, audiences will be able to freely rent the courtroom drama on various platforms in the U.S., including Amazon Prime, YouTube and Vudu. The statement from Warner Bros. also asks Twitter users to follow the real-life work of lawyer Bryan Stevenson at the non-profit Equal Justice Initiative. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the EJL provides legal representation to poor and wrongly convicted prisoners who have been denied a fair and just trial.

Based on Stevenson's bestselling 2015 memoir, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, the film follows the 61-year-old social justice activist during his younger days. Jordan plays Stevenson, who becomes involved with the case of an inmate on death row named Walter McMillian, who's played by Foxx. The movie follows the young lawyer as he tries to prove that McMillian was wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn't commit.

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Released in theaters on Christmas Day 2019, Just Mercy earned $50 million at the box office and largely positive reviews from critics. Foxx's performance as McMillian was particularly singled out, and nabbed him a nomination at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: (L to R) Bryan Stevenson, Michael B. Jordan, Lord Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick and Jamie Foxx attend an evening at the House Of Lords for the upcoming film "Just Mercy" on January 14, 2020 in London, England. Getty/David M. Benett/Dave Benett/

In a recent interview with The New Yorker, the real-life Stevenson discussed the emotions behind the George Floyd protests. "I don't think it would be fair to ask protesters to solve the problems created by this long history," he said. "In many ways, protests are a reaction of frustration and anger to the unwillingness of elected officials to engage in the kind of reforms that need to happen. The protests are a symbol of frustration and despair."

A representative for Cretton has not yet responded to Newsweek's request for comment.

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