June 2, 2020
Warner Bros. is making feature film Just Mercy available for free to stream on digital platforms through the month of June.
The studio said the promotion is an attempt to foster understanding as the country deals with civil unrest following the death of a black man — George Floyd — at the hands of Minneapolis police on Memorial Day.
“We believe in the power of story. #JustMercy is one resource we can offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society. For the month of June, #JustMercy will be available to rent for free on digital platforms in the U.S.,” Warner tweeted.
The studio also issued a statement saying that to be part of the change required in the country, it encourages people to learn more about the country’s racist past and the “countless injustices” that have “led us to where we are today.”
Warner thanked the filmmakers for their collaborative efforts in making the movie about black attorney Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael B. Jordan), founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Ala. Co-stars include Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson.
“We stand with our Black colleagues, talent, storytellers and fans — and all affected by senseless violence. Your voices matter, your messages matter,” Warner said in a May 31 statement.
Just Mercy generated about $50 million at the global box office. It has sold about $2.6 million in combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc units since its April 14 packaged media debut.