Roadside Attractions has debuted the trailer and poster for Trial by Fire, based on The New Yorker article by David Grann and The Letters of Cameron Todd Willingham. You can watch the Trial by Fire trailer below and you’ll find the poster underneath.
Trial by Fire is the true-life Texas story of the unlikely bond between an imprisoned death row inmate (Jack O’Connell) and a mother of two from Houston (Laura Dern) who, though facing staggering odds, fights mightily for his freedom. Cameron Todd Willingham, a poor, uneducated heavy metal devotee with a violent streak and a criminal record, is convicted of arson-related triple homicide in 1992.
During his 12 years on death row, Elizabeth Gilbert, an improbable ally, uncovers questionable methods and illogical conclusions in his case, and battles with the state to expose suppressed evidence that could save him. Her efforts ultimately fail, and since Willingham’s execution, the disturbing question remains: Did Texas execute an innocent man?
Edward Zwick’s stirring and provocative true crime drama about justice and injustice will open on May 17, 2019. Zwick directed from a script by Geoffrey Fletcher.
Trial by Fire had its world premiere at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival, and is produced by Edward Zwick, Allyn Stewart, Kipp Nelson and Alex Soros. The executive producers are Kathryn Dean and Marshall Herskovitz.