Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, The Whole Truth, and nothing but the truth? That’s the question presented by Keanu Reeves’ defense attorney Richard Ramsay in the inaugural trailer for Courtney Hunt’s upcoming legal drama.
Agreeing to take on a case for the sake of close friend, Loretta Lassiter (Renée Zellweger), Reeves fights for the right of her disgraced son Mike (Gabriel Basso), who was found guilty (?) and later imprisoned for murdering his father. But an open-and-shut case this is not, after allegations emerge that Loretta actually fooled the jury into thinking that her estranged husband was guilty of domestic abuse. Keep your peepers peeled for the shot of Zellweger’s widow inflicting bruises on her own arm, for instance.
It’s all very melodramatic, but the mere inclusion of Keanu Reeves, who impressed even when holding a small role in The Neon Demon earlier this year, is enough to pique our curiosity for Hunt’s legal spat.
Keanu Reeves et al. will file into court when The Whole Truth checks into select theaters and VOD services on October 21. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Gabriel Basso and Jim Belushi are also on board.
Defense attorney Richard Ramsay (Keanu Reeves) takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter (Renée Zellweger), that he will keep her son Mike (Gabriel Basso) out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter (Jim Belushi) really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague Janelle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) tries to dig deeper – and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover.