Apple is partnering with the director and producers of “The Banker,” a dramatic film from director George Nolfi starring Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult and Nia Long, to release the movie on their upcoming Apple TV+ service, the company announced Tuesday.
“The Banker” will join the slate of films and shows on Apple TV+, the tech company’s new streaming service launching this fall.
Based on true story of two African American entrepreneurs, “The Banker” follows Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson), who try to circumvent the racial limitations of the 1950s by recruiting a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Hoult), to pose as the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and a chauffeur to monitor their businesses. Bernard’s wife Eunice (Long), plays a key role in setting up the enterprise. Garrett and Morris become extremely wealthy real estate investors in California and then go on to covertly purchase two banks in Jim Crow Texas with the goal of quietly providing loans to the African American community there, but their success brings about an unforeseen risk of exposure that threatens everything.
Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”) directs the period drama from a script by Nolfi, David Smith, Niceole Levy and Stan Younger. The film’s story is by Smith, Younger and Brad Caleb Kane.
Joel Viertel is producing alongside Brad Feinstein through his Romulus Entertainment. Nolfi, Mackie, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker and Smith are also producing. Endeavor Content represented the sale of the film.
Apple has a partnership with A24 in their upcoming slate of films, and they’ve also already acquired Sundance selections “Hala and The Elephant Queen,” and the animated film “Wolfwalkers” from Tomm Moore. Sofia Coppola is also directing “On the Rocks” for Apple and A24.