Apple TV+ has revealed the Palmer trailer, which previews the streaming service’s original film directed by Fisher Stevens and starring Justin Timberlake. Palmer will be available January 29, 2021 on Apple TV+.
In the film, former high school football star Eddie Palmer (Justin Timberlake) went from hometown hero to convicted felon, earning himself 12 years in a state penitentiary. He returns home to Louisiana, where he moves back in with Vivian (June Squibb), the grandmother who raised him.
While trying to keep his head down and rebuild a quiet life for himself, Palmer is haunted by memories of his glory days and the suspicious eyes of his small town community.
Things become more complicated when Vivian’s hard-living neighbor Shelly (Juno Temple) disappears on a prolonged bender, leaving her precocious and unique 7-year-old son Sam (Ryder Allen), often the target of bullying, in Palmer’s reluctant care. In time, Palmer is drawn into a more hopeful world as he forges a connection with Sam through their shared experience of being made to feel different by those around them.
Life improves for Palmer, and a romance develops between him and Sam’s teacher Maggie (Alisha Wainwright). An inspiring and unexpected journey unfolds for the three of them, but soon Palmer’s past threatens to tear apart this new life.
Written by Cheryl Guerriero, Palmer is an SK Global, Rhea Films and Nadler No GMO Popcorn Co. project, in association with the Hercules Film Fund.
The movie is produced by Sidney Kimmel, John Penotti, Charlie Corwin, Daniel Nadler and Academy Award-winning producer Charles B. Wessler.
The film is executive produced by Terry Dougas, Jean-Luc De Fanti, Mark O’Connor, Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis and Bruce Toll. The script for the film appeared on the 2016 Blacklist.
Penotti and Corwin previously said: “We are excited to partner with Apple on this project as they continue to expand their impressive slate. It’s our hope that audiences around the world will connect with this sincerely touching story and we’re confident that ‘Palmer’ has found the right home.”
In addition to the Palmer trailer, Deadline reports that Apple TV+ has given the green light to The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, a six-episode limited series starring and executive produced by Samuel L. Jackson.
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey is based on the acclaimed novel (buy at Amazon) by best-selling author Walter Mosley, who will write the screen adaptation and executive produce.
Jackson plays Ptolemy Grey, a 91-year-old man forgotten by his family, by his friends, by even himself. On the brink of sinking even deeper into a lonely dementia, Ptolemy experiences a seismic shift when he’s given the tremendous opportunity to briefly regain his memories, and uses this precious and fleeting lucidity to solve his nephew’s death and come to terms with his past.
Jackson and Mosley will executive produce with David Levine and Eli Selden for Anonymous Content and Mosley’s producing partner Diane Houslin.