Jurnee Smollett lets her résumé speak for itself in “The Burial.” In this exclusive look at the new movie, which hit theaters on Oct. 6, the “Lovecraft Country” actor stars as Mame Downes, a new power defense attorney who comes to town to go up against smooth-talking lawyer Willie E. Gary (played by Jamie Foxx). And by the sound of her track record, she’s nothing to play with.
Hearing of her college degree from Howard University, Foxx’s Willie, impressed, quips, “Oh, that mean she just ain’t a woman, she a Black woman.”
The clip then cuts to Smollett’s Mame as she struts through an airport with luggage in hand and a pair of black shades covering her stone-cold look. She means business. Meanwhile, junior counselor Hal (Mamoudou Athie) continues to run off her accomplishments: “Graduated top of her class from Harvard Law School, Jesus Christ.” Now, currently the youngest partner ever at her law firm, it’s clear Mame has her eyes set on victory by any means necessary — her nickname says so.
“Friend of mine used to work with her over at CBNA,” one lawyer shares, “and um, well, he told me they had a nickname for her around the office: the Python.”
“The Burial” is a true-life-inspired courtroom drama, in which funeral homeowner Jeremiah O’Keefe (Tommy Lee Jones) enlists charismatic attorney Willie to save his family business after a handshake deal gone bad. While going up against the powers that be, the pair bond as they expose corporate corruption and racial injustice in this triumphant tale. The film also stars Pamela Reed, Bill Camp, and Alan Ruck.
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