The Whole Truth is an upcoming American thriller film directed by Courtney Hunt (of the criminally underrated HBO drama series In Treatmentand written by Rafael Jackson, about a defense attorney who accepts the case of a 17-year-old client accused of murdering his affluent father in cold blood. Starring Keanu Reeves (John Wick: Chapter 2) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Free State of Jones) as lead defendant Richard Ramsay and a young lawyer named Janelle, respectively, Hunt’s latest directorial effort seeks to examine the tenacity with which the American justice system strives to maintain law and order.

Centering around the personal relationship between Ramsay and the 17-year-old client Mike Lassiter (Gabriel Basso) – which has its basis in the defense attorney’s ties to the boy’s widowed mother, Loretta Lassiter (Renée Zellweger), and her late abusive husband Boone Lassiter (Jim Belushi) – The Whole Truth is undeniably seeking to pack an emotional wallop when it makes its way to theaters this Friday. On that note, the latest clip from the new movie sheds further light on the contentious relationship between the established defense attorney Richard Ramsay and his would-be pupil Janelle.

In the exclusive clip featured above, viewers can get their first look at Reeves and Mbatha Raw as Ramsay and Janelle, and begin to examine the rather nefarious means by which the formerly cited defense attorney seeks to sow distrust and suspicion within a court room. Stating emphatically that “all witnesses lie,” it becomes clear that the only thing Ramsay is sure of in any legal trial is that all parties involved are concerned with their own self-image above all else. Check out the official trailer for The Whole Truth below:

Judging by the above clip, it would seem that The Whole Truth will offer potential viewers a detailed and compelling court room melodrama to sink their teeth into. Reeves and Mbatha-Raw look to be at the top of their respective games, though only time will tell how much of a splash the new movie will make at the weekend box office.

Hunt and Kazan are respectable talents behind the camera, and Reeves and Mbatha-Raw are no lightweights when it comes to captivating audiences with their performances. The Whole Truth doesn’t quite have the mainstream draw of several other releases currently in theaters, but with any luck that won’t stop the production from attracting its own queue of willing moviegoers.

The Whole Truth will see theatrical release in the U.S. on October 21, 2016.

Source: Lionsgate