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Apple's Announces 'The Banker' Will Hit Theaters After Misconduct Review
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UPDATE: Following the cancellation of The Banker's premiere, Apple announces it will hit theaters.
After a thorough review, Apple TV Plus's first-ever original film starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie will receive a release in theaters in March. According to Variety, the film was delayed after family members of one of the individuals depicted in the movie was accused of abuse, Bernard Garrett Jr.
A spokesperson for the tech company shared:
"We created Apple TV Plus as a home for stories that matter and believe ‘The Banker,’ inspired by the brave actions of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, two African American businessmen who brought about positive social change, is one of those stories."
The statement also read, "We wanted to take the time to understand the situation at hand — and after reviewing the information available to us, including documentation of the filmmakers’ research, we’ve decided to make this important and enlightening film available to viewers."
Back in November Cynthia and Sheila Garrett alleged that their half-brother and Garrett's son, Bernard Garrett Jr. sexually abused them for years when they were children. Garrett Jr. has reportedly denied the allegations. After the allegations surfaced, Apple canceled the film's premiere at the AFI Fest and Garrett Jr.'s name was taken out of the credits. Following the released statement, the streaming platform also delayed the theatrical release of the movie. Apple noted that it needed to, "look into these matters and determine the best next steps."
The Banker will be available in theaters on March 6, 2020 and on Apple TV Plus on March 20, 2020.
Read the original story below.
The indie film is based on a real-life story from the '60s.
As streaming platforms have begun rolling out their latest shows, Apple TV+ unveils its trailer for its first original scripted movie, The Banker. Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, the film set in the '60s is based on a real-life story of African American businessmen, according to Deadline.
Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson) join forces to battle against Jim Crow-era discriminatory practices in the housing market. The two train Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), a working class white man to pose as the face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire. Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Ultimately their success draws the attention of the federal government. Nia Long stars as Eunice, Garret's wife, she also is in on the business.
The Banker opens in theaters on December 6 and will debut on Apple TV+ in January.
Take a look at the trailer below.