The Banker is a big-names-headlined feature film that will complement a rapidly-expanding array of television content for the just-launched premium streaming service, Apple TV+.
…And by “big names,” we mean two members in good standing of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Avengers, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie. However, the thing for which the duo will assemble here is a 1960s-set drama in which they play the U.S.’s first African-American bankers, who initially had to operate behind a white figurehead they trained, played here by Nicholas Hoult. – Essentially a version of the Remington Steele gambit.
George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau, Birth of the Dragon) stepped in as director for The Banker, working off a fact-based script that he co-wrote with Niceole Levy (Cloak & Dagger, Shades of Blue), along with burgeoning scribes David Lewis Smith and Stan Younger, based on a story the latter two developed with Brad Caleb Kane (Warrior).
Interestingly, The Banker‘s prospects were temporarily jeopardized after it was mired in a real-life controversy this past fall. However, in the latest news, it appears that the film will be released after all. You can read more about that just below in the release date section.
The Banker Release Date
The Banker is now set be released theatrically on Friday, March 6, 2020, after which the film will stream on Apple TV+ on Friday, March 20, 2020.
The film was originally scheduled for a limited theatrical release on December 6, 2019. However, a bit of real-life controversy derailed that plan, resulting in Apple delaying the release until a date to be determined. The controversy in question pertains to sexual molestation allegations made by Cynthia and Sheila Garrett against their half-brother, Bernard Garrett Jr., who happens to be the son and namesake of the film’s co-main-character, played by Anthony Mackie.
Bernard Jr. (who is played in the film by child actor Jaylon Gordon,) has since been removed from the film’s credits. However, the junior Garrett has since issued a statement (via Deadline,) in which he denies the allegations. Regardless, it appears that the film has cleared this potentially perilous hurdle. The new March release dates were confirmed to Variety.
The Banker Trailer
Check out the trailer for Apple TV+ movie The Banker.
The Banker Details
As the official synopsis for The Banker reads:
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.
Samuel L. Jackson, who just reprised his Nick Fury role in Spider-Man: Far from Home, will soon be back with Ryan Reynolds in the January-scheduled sequel, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. Co-star Anthony Mackie will be banking plenty more flight hours as Sam Wilson/Falcon, joined by Sebastian Stan, in the Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which arrives later in 2020. Additionally, co-star Nicholas Hoult is coming off a recent starring role in J.R.R. Tolkien biopic Tolkien, and a role-reprisal as Beast in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
The primary trio are joined by names like Nia Long, Jessie T. Usher, Gregory Alan Williams and Colm Meaney.
Director George Nolfi brings notable behind-camera experience from the 2011 Matt Damon/Emily Blunt sci-fi thriller movie, The Adjustment Bureau, and, more recently, 2016 Bruce Lee biopic, Birth of the Dragon, and the short-lived 2015 NBC thriller series, Allegiance. He also serves as a producer, joined in that capacity by stars Jackson and Mackie, along with Brad Feinstein (via Romulus Entertainment), Joe Viertel, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker and David Lewis Smith. Jackson also serves as an executive producer alongside Joseph F. Ingrassia, Will Greenfield, David Gendron and Ali Jazayeri.