Apple has picked up the rights to George Nolfi’s “The Banker” starring Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult and Nia Long. The company reportedly intends to premiere it as one of its early films on its Apple TV+ service launching this Fall.
The story follows two African American entrepreneurs, Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson), who spent the 1950s trying to circumvent racial limitations by recruiting a working-class white guy named Matt Steiner (Hoult) and training him to pose as the head of their business.
At the same time, they posed as a janitor and a chauffeur. Bernard’s wife Eunice (Nia Long), plays a key role in setting up the enterprise with the pair becoming two of the wealthiest and most successful real estate owners in the country with Steiner as their frontman. Their success soon brings about unforeseen risk of exposure that threatens everything.
Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau,” “Birth of The Dragon”) helms the project which was shot in Atlanta late last year. Nolfi, Mackie, Joel Viertel, Nnamdi Asomugha and Jonathan Baker produce from a script by Nolfi, David Smith, Niceole Levy and Stan Younger.
Source: The Wrap