Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long, Anthony Mackie and Nicolas Hoult have been tapped to star in The Banker, a film based on real-life events surrounding two black entrepreneurs.
George Nolfi is directing, and he co-wrote the script with Nicole Levy.
Here's the description per Deadline, who broke the news: The drama is based on the true story of two African American entrepreneurs, Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson), who during the 1950s tried to circumvent the racial limitations of the era and take on the establishment by recruiting a working-class white man, Matt Steiner (Hoult), and training him to pose as the head of their business empire while they posed as a janitor and a chauffeur. Bernard’s wife, Eunice (Nia Long), plays a key role in setting up the enterprise. Garrett and Morris become two of the wealthiest and most successful real estate owners in the country with Steiner as their frontman, but their success brings about an unforeseen risk of exposure that threatens everything.
Romulus Entertainment is financing the film, which is being produced by Romulus' Brad Feinstein, along with Joel Viertel, Nolfi, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker and Mackie.
Production on the film is underway in Atlanta.