A trailer for upcoming Apple TV+ movie titled The Banker is out. The movie stars Samuel L Jackson and Anthony Mackie as two African-American entrepreneurs Joe Morris and Bernard Garrett in 1950s’ America who tried to evade racial limitations of the era to pursue the American dream.
They hired a white man called Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult) to act as their front — the head of their business empire — as they posed as a janitor and a chauffeur.
While the film handles a serious topic, it approaches it by way of humour. Jackson’s character appears to be the one he has played dozens of times, and that is great. Mackie’s protagonist is the earnest type.
The trailer looks promising and the movie looks fun, though the flippant tone might rub some people the wrong way. But many a filmmaker has gotten across a serious message through a comedy movie successfully. George Nolfi directs from a script by himself and Niceole Levy.
The official synopsis of The Banker reads, “Based on 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.”
The Banker premieres on December 6.