The world premiere of The Banker was cancelled at the AFI Festival in Hollywood on Wednesday by Apple. The film was set to be the first feature release on the new streaming platform, supposedly a major release for Apple. Based on the true story of two black businessmen who created a huge fortune pretending that their company was run by a white man, it stars A list talent including Nia Long, Samuel L Jackson and Marvel star Anthony Mackie. The Banker premiere was supposed to be the red carpet closing film for the festival this Thursday 21st November.
Insiders were hinting that the film was a possible Oscar contender, like the Netflix release Roma.
A statement was release from Apple on Wednesday afternoon:
“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. Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention. We, along with the film-makers, 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.
(Image credit: Nicholas Hoult, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie in “The Banker)