Less than a month from the official premiere of Apple TV +, news about Ma's original content platform doesn't stop today, we have new hires, good news for the company's film plans and a new trailer for one of the service's most anticipated series. Let's take a look at everything.
According to the Variety, Apple hired the actor Winston duke (recently seen in "Black Panther" and "Ns") to star in the series Swaggerbased on the life and youthful experiences of the basketball star Kevin Durant.
Duke bring the series' main character to life: Ike, a basketball coach who was formerly a sports star. Production, as we have already reported, revolves around a group of young players, their coaches and agents, as well as their family relationships and personal conflicts.
The series is written and directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood (Fired Shots) and produced by Brian Grazer (Friday Night Lights). The rest of the cast has not yet been released, and we will have to wait a while until production debuts on Ma's platform.
Meanwhile, one of Ma's first original fiction films (which will debut in theaters in December, as we report), gained an important distinction. According to Hollywood Reporter, ?The Banker? be the closing movie of the AFI Fest 2019, this year's edition of the prestigious American Film Institute film festival.
The film will be screened on the last day of the festival in November 21st about three weeks before its commercial circuit launch on the day December 6th. The news is heartening for Apple because the invitation to end a major festival gives the film a kick off in the awards season, attracting the attention of critics and trophy voters such as the Golden Globe and the Oscars.
?The Banker?, as we have already informed, directed by George nolfiand star Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie in the roles of two African-American businessmen trying to overcome racial limitations in 1950s Texas. The story is based on a real case, in which entrepreneurs employed a white man (here lived by Nicholas Houltfrom ?X-Men: Black Fnix?) to pretend to be the boss of the empire they build.
AFI Fest director Michael Lumpkin defined the film with the following words:
?The Banker? joins a notable group of films 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.
Finally, Apple released a new teaser of Servant, the horror series run by M. Night Shyamalan ("The sixth Sense"). See s:
The short clip bets on a disturbing atmosphere as female hands take care of a baby who is not really a baby, but the doll named "Jericho" who plays an important role in the series' unfolding. Production, as we know, will be starring Toby Kebbell (?Fantastic Four?), Lauren Ambrose (?The Seven Palms?) and Rupert Grint (from the Harry Potter series).
Servant debut on the day November 28th, almost a month after the launch of Apple TV +.