Apple’s original movie “The Banker” will get a theatrical release in March two weeks prior to its debut on Apple’s streaming service.
Apple had originally planned on giving the film a December 6 debut, but had delayed the release after allegations of sexual abuse and inaccuracy. Now, Apple will give “The Banker” its theatrical release on March 6, and release to Apple TV+ on March 20.
“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,” a spokesperson from Apple told Variety. The banker had been supported throughout the investigation by the films cast and crew.
“The Banker” follows two African American entrepreneurs working to overcome the racial limitations of the 1960s. Two business men, played by Jackson and Mackie, quietly try to provide housing loans to the African American community in Jim Crow Texas.
The film is based off of the true story of two African American businessmen who hired a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire. At the same time, the pair posed as a janitor and chauffeur.
The accusations were leveled by Cynthia Garrett, the half-sister of co-producer and consultant Bernard Garrett Jr., whose father is the subject of the film. Garrett Jr. is not depicted in the film.
The film hosts big name celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and Nicholas Hoult. The film is directed by George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”), and is produced by Joe Viertel.