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Apple cancels AFI Premiere of Uplifting Drama ‘The Banker,’ starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie.

ENTERTAINMENT: Apple’s first major theatrical movie is in danger of not being released.

Inspired by 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. read more

Travis Clark, Business Insider

Apple cancels AFI Premiere of Uplifting Drama ‘The Banker. The company says that it was because of concerns raised involving the real-life subject of the movie, Bernard Garrett Sr.

The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline has reported that new streaming player Apple TV Plus has abruptly canceled the premiere of “The Banker” at AFI Fest, which was originally set to screen on Today. The company says that it was because of concerns raised involving the real-life subject of the movie, Bernard Garrett Sr.

Starting in the 1960’s, the two African American entrepreneurs came up with a plan to become bank owners and lend money to other African Americans in a time where it was considered unfathomable by many individuals. Along the way, they deal with the challenges of trying to carry out their plans involving the racially oppressive establishment in the 1960s. The two men were ultimately sued by the Federal Government (FDIC) when the First National Bank of Marlin was closed.

According to Deadline, apparently a family member of Bernard Garrett Sr. (played by Anthony Mackie in the movie) raised “recently became aware of damaging charges.” Apple said in a statement. “Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention. We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps. In light of this, we are no longer premiering ‘The Banker’ at AFI Fest.”

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“We purchased ‘The Banker’ earlier this year as we were moved by the film’s entertaining and educational story about social change and financial literacy,” The movie is set to be released theatrical on December 6 and its eventual debut on Apple’s new streaming service, Apple TV Plus, have been put on hold while Apple investigates the charges, according to Deadline.

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