Michael B. Jordan and Riz Ahmed want to see more diversity reflected onscreen

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In the upcoming Warner Bros. film “Just Mercy,” Michael B. Jordan portrays civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, who works to free a death row prisoner played by Jamie Foxx.

Minutes after Warner Bros. showed the first footage of the legal drama at Tuesday’s CAA Amplify leadership summit in Ojai, Jordan noted his hope that the film can “be used as a tool to really make some real change.”

Foxx portrays the ill-fated inmate Walter “Johnny D.” McMillian — a role he said he’s been preparing for all his life. Foxx then shared tough stories of his upbringing in Terrell, Texas, like when he was subjected to racial slurs while playing piano at a Christmas party, and even noted how he was pulled over by police while driving in Los Angeles. (read more)

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