Roman J. Israel, Esq. is set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los
Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven,
idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when his mentor, a civil
rights icon, dies. When he is recruited to join a firm led by one of the
legendary man’s former students – the ambitious lawyer George Pierce (Colin
Farrell) – and begins a friendship with a young champion of equal rights
(Carmen Ejogo), a turbulent series of events ensue that will put the
activism that has defined Roman’s career to the test.