Apple Abruptly Cancels Premiere of “The Banker” Citing ‘Concerns’ Over Movie Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie

Based on a true story: In The Banker, Mackie stars as Bernard Garrett, a black man who built a banking empire in the 50s and 60s with the help of business partner Joseph Morris (Jackson). Garrett and Morris persuaded a white man, played by Nicholas Hoult, to be the face of their company. Apple purchased the film earlier this year and had plans for a theatrical release on December 6 as well as making it available via the Apple TV Plus streaming platform

It was set to be a flagship release from Apple and was scheduled to be the closing-night film of the AFI Fest in LA Thursday night.

But on Wednesday, Apple decided to cancel the screening of the drama starring Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson and Nicholas Hoult due to ‘concerns’ about the movie which is based on a true story.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple said: ‘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.’

Apple purchased the drama earlier this year and plan to release it in theatres on December 6.

It is then scheduled to be available via the Apple TV Plus streaming platform.

According to THR.com, Apple had been considering running an Oscar campaign for The Banker.

AFI has said it would replace Apple’s The Banker with a screening of Noah Baumbach’s Netflix release Marriage Story as its closing-night film.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Rachel McGrath