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Apple TV+ First Film ‘The Banker’ Will Close AFI FEST 2019

NNPA NEWSWIRE — 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 racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garret’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.

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Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie co-star in the World premiere of Apple’s The Banker, Apple TV's first original film.
Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie co-star in the World premiere of Apple’s The Banker, Apple TV's first original film.

By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D.

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced that AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi will close with the World premiere of Apple’s The Banker, Apple TV’s first original film, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie.

Michael Lumpkin, Director of AFI Festivals shared, “THE BANKER joins a remarkable group of films being 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.”

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 racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garret’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), who also co-wrote and co-produced the film along with Anthony Mackie, Joe Viertel, Brad Feinstein, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker and David Lewis Smith.

The film is executive produced by Samuel L. Jackson, Joseph F. Ingrassia, Will Greenfield, David Gendron and Ali Jazayeri. Niceole Levy, David Lewis Smith and Stan Younger co-wrote the screenplay which was adapted from a story by David Lewis Smith, Stan Younger and Brad Caleb Kane.

AFI Fest 2019 opens November 14 with the highly anticipated film Queen & Slim written by Lena Waithe and starring Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner Smith, Chloë Sevign and Bokeem Woodbine. The Closing Night Gala will take place on Thursday,November 21 at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre.

The Banker opens in theaters December 6, 2019, before it debuts on Apple TV+ in January 2020.

This article was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., entertainment and culture editor for NNPA/Black Press USA. Nsenga is also founder & editor-in-chief of the award-winning news blog The Burton Wire, which covers news of the African Diaspora. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual.

Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D. is an award-winning writer, entrepreneur and professor living her best life with her daughter Kai and fur-son Mr. Miyagi. She is founder and editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire, a news blog covering news of the African Diaspora. Dr. Burton is an expert in the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality and media related industries. An activist scholar, Nsenga has authored numerous articles on the subject and recently co-edited a book on Black Women’s Mental Health. You can see and hear her on radio, tv and new media waxing poetic about these issues. In her spare time she vacillates between fighting the power and Happy Hour. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual.

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