The official trailer has been released for The Banker, an upcoming true story film starring Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult and Nia Long.
The Apple TV+ original tells the true story of how two African American businessmen (Mackie, Jackson) decided to take on the oppressive establishment of the ’60s and build a real estate and banking empire to help other African Americans. They train a working class white man (Hoult) to be the face of their business, while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur. The plan doesn’t go smoothly for too long, however, and the federal government soon has them in its sights.
The film is directed and co-written by George Nolfi, whose previous feature credits include the Matt Damon-Emily Blunt sci-fi thriller The Adjustment Bureau (not bad) and the 2016 martial arts Bruce Lee-included film Birth of the Dragon (which… really wasn’t good). We’ll see what he delivers with The Banker, which at least looks to tick the right boxes for a feel-good period film with nice morals on its sleeve – the type of movie that the Oscars easily warm to.
It could be a solid, safe play for Apple’s new streaming service. The company didn’t produce the film; Romulus Entertainment independently produced it, with Mackie producing and Jackson exec producing. Apple acquired it in July to release it as an Original.
The Banker will be getting a limited theatrical release in the US on December 6th. It hits the Apple TV+ streaming service in January 2020.
Official synopsis for The Banker:
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 racially oppressive establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garrett’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 (“The Adjustment Bureau”) and produced by Joe Viertel. Brad Feinstein produced under his Romulus Entertainment banner, along with producers Nolfi, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker, David Lewis Smith and Anthony Mackie. The executive producers are Joseph F. Ingrassia, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Greenfield, David Gendron and Ali Jazayeri. “The Banker” 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.