Anthony Mackie & Samuel L. Jackson Drama ‘The Banker’ to Close Out AFI Fest
Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson’s drama The Banker is set to close out the AFI Fest on November 21 at the TCL Chinese Theatre.
The picture follows two black entrepreneurs who devise a risky plan to overcome the racial limitations of the 1950s and discreetly provide housing loans to the black community in Jim Crow-era Texas.
“‘The Banker’ joins a remarkable group of films being released this year that openly confront centuries of racism and injustice in our country, while celebrating the brave individuals whose activism has created real change,” said AFI Fest director Michael Lumpkin.
Based on a true story, the two men hired a working-class white man (Nicholas Hoult) to act as the face of their business empire. Meanwhile, the duo posed as a janitor and chauffeur. Nia Long also stars as the spouse of Mackie’s character.
The film is directed by George Nolfi and produced by Joe Viertel. Mackie produced the drama alongside Nolfi, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker, David Lewis Smith, and Brad Feinstein through his Romulus Entertainment shingle. Jackson, Joseph F. Ingrassia, Will Greenfield, David Gendron and Ali Jazayeri are executive producers. Nolfi also co-wrote the script with Niceole Levy, David Lewis Smith, and Stan Younger. Smith, Younger and Brad Caleb Kane developed the story.
The Banker hits theaters on December 6 before making its way to Apple TV+ later in January.