Just Mercy

Release Date:  1/17/2020; In Theaters
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  PG-13
Director:  Destin Daniel Cretton
Studio(s):   Netter Productions, Warner Bros.
Running Time:  Unknown
Cast:  Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson; Jamie Foxx as Walter McMillian; Brie Larson as Eva Ansley; O’Shea Jackson, Jr. as Anthony Ray Hinton; Tim Blake Nelson as Ralph Myers; Rob Morgan as Herbert Richardson.

Story:   A powerful and thought-provoking true story, Just Mercy follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds and the system stacked against them.  Source:  Rotten Tomatoes.

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Sleepless

a/k/a Sleepless Night

sleepless

Release Date:   2/24/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Action/Thriller
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:   Baran bo Odar
Studio:   FilmNation Entertainment, Open Road Films (II), Riverstone Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment.

Cast:  Jamie Foxx (Vincent Downs), Gabrielle Union, T.I., Michelle Monaghan, David Harbour, Dermot Mulroney.

Story:   In this Sin City thriller, Las Vegas cop Vincent Downs finds himself trapped between corrupt cops and the mob underground.  When a heist goes bad, Downs’ son is snatched from his car by a group of armed men who demand the money they would have made from the robbery in exchange for returning Downs’ son alive. Meanwhile, he’s also dealing with an internal affairs investigation while trying to retrieve his son and get even with the kidnappers — all in one long night.  Downs’ mission takes him through the city’s maze of parking garages and nightclubs and has him driving sports cars through the city and engaging in hand-to-hand combat in the bowels of a casino.  Sleepless is a remake of the 2011 French film Sleepless Night.  Source:  The Wrap.

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Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun

Status:  Development Status Unknown as of May 13, 2014
Release Date: TBA
Genre:  Biography/Drama
Rating:  Not Available
Studio: BroadcastUrban Filmworks
Director: TBA
Cast: Jamie Foxx (Reginald Lewis, rumored)
Story:  Biopic of Wall Street titan Reginald Lewis who was the world’s first African-American to own a billion dollar empire.

Details:  Reginald Lewis’ inspiring story of how he would grow out of poverty to become the wealthiest black man in American in the 80s, building a billion dollar multinational company in Beatrice International (a food, beverage and grocery store conglomerate – the largest African-American owned and managed business in the USA at the time), and accumulating a personal fortune of over $400 million at the time of his death in 1993 from brain cancer. (Source(s): Movie Insider; Indiewire Shadow and Act).

Annie

AnnieRelease Date: December 19, 2014
Genre: Musical
Rating: Not Available
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Will Gluck
Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie)
Rose Byrne (Grace)
Cameron Diaz (Miss Hannigan)
Jamie Foxx (Benjamin Stacks)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Nash)
Bobby Cannavale

Story:  Adaptation of the Broadway musical which was based upon the Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”. (Synopsis taken from Movie Insider).

Details: Jay-Z will “re-imagine” the music, much as he did when he re-fashioned the Broadway show’s “Hard Knock Life” into an anthem of urban poverty.

Jamie Foxx will play a character named Benjamin Stacks, a variation of Daddy Warbucks, who takes in the orphan girl being played by Quvenzhane Wallis.

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