The official trailer has dropped for Cherry, the upcoming Apple TV+ release from Joe and Anthony Russo, the sibling filmmakers perhaps best known for Marvel pictures Winter Soldier, Civil War, Infinity War and Endgame (the latter of which remains the highest-grossing film of all time).
The Russos reunite with Tom Holland for Cherry, a crime drama that has the Spider-Man star playing a young Ohio man in for quite the spiralling journey. After dropping out from college, he joins the military and has a stint serving as an Army medic in Iraq. The experience leaves with him with severe PTSD, which pushes him to drug addiction back home, and in turn bank robbing to fund the habit. And through it all is Emily (Ciara Bravo, A Teacher), the love of his life, who he is at risk of losing.
The film is based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Nico Walker, a US Army veteran who served time in prison for bank robbery. The adapted screenplay comes from Angela Russo-Otstot (The Shield, V) and Jessica Goldberg (The Path, Away).
It’s a great trailer, showcasing what appears to be an all-in performance from Holland and a taste of the variety of tones and filmmaking styles the Russos will have in store.
“The film is about [Holland’s] life cycle. It’s about a 15-year life cycle,” Joe Russo told Collider in December. “And it’s broken into chapters where each chapter is shot almost as if it was a different film, but they’re all connected in a way. But there’s a gonzo element to it… there’s magical realism in one chapter and then absurdism and then brutal realism and then horror and then dark humour, so it really covers a wide scope of experience both for the character and for the audience.”
The filmmaker said that each chapter was made with “distinct cinematic choices” in mind, “from costume to performance to lenses to the style of camerawork to the way the camera moves to music.”
Fingers crossed the shifts in tone and craft aren’t uncomfortably jarring and serve the story well. Very excited to see what the Russos have with their first non-Marvel feature film as directors since 2006 comedy You, Me and Dupree.
Cherry, also starring Jack Reynor, Jeff Wahlberg, Kyle Harvey, and Michael Rispoli, among others, will open in US cinemas on February 26th before it’s streaming on Apple TV+ from March 12th.
Official synopsis for Cherry:
Cherry follows the wild journey of a disenfranchised young man from Ohio who meets the love of his life, only to risk losing her through a series of bad decisions and challenging life circumstances. Inspired by the best-selling novel of the same name, Cherry features Tom Holland in the title role as an unhinged character who drifts from dropping out of college to serving in Iraq as an Army medic and is only anchored by his one true love, Emily (Ciara Bravo). When Cherry returns home a war hero, he battles the demons of undiagnosed PTSD and spirals into drug addiction, surrounding himself with a menagerie of depraved misfits. Draining his finances, Cherry turns to bank robbing to fund his addiction, shattering his relationship with Emily along the way.
Brought to the screen in bold, gritty fashion by visionary directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Cherry is a darkly humorous, unflinching coming-of-age story of a man on a universal quest for purpose and human connection.