Trial by Fire is the true-life Texas story of the unlikely bond between an imprisoned death row inmate and a mother of two from Houston 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?
Starring Jack O’Connell, Laura Dern and Emily Meade, the film is released May 17 in the U.S., with a UK date to be announced.