The first look from Apple’s upcoming film The Banker has been released, coinciding with the announcement that the film will premiere at the 2019 AFI Fest. The real-life-based film stars Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long, Nicholas Hoult and Jessie T. Usher. It will open in select theaters on December 6 before debuting on Apple TV+ in January 2020.
“The Banker joins a remarkable group of films being released this year that openly confront centuries of racism and injustice in our country, while celebrating the brave individuals whose activism has created real change,” said Michael Lumpkin, Director of AFI Festival.
Here’s the description: Based on a true story, The Banker centers on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garret’s wife Eunice (Nia Long), they train a working-class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire–while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything the four have built.
The drama is directed by George Nolfi and produced by Joe Viertel. It is written by Niceole Levy, George Nolfi, David Lewis Smith and Stan Younger from a story by David Lewis Smith, Stan Younger and Brad Caleb Kane. Mackie and Nnamdi Asomugha are among the executive producers.
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