ATLANTA — Apple says it will release “The Banker,” one of its first original films, this March.

Variety reported the film will hit theaters on March 6 and will be available for streaming on Apple TV Plus on March 20.

“We created Apple TV Plus as a home for stories that matter and believe ‘The Banker,’ inspired by the brave actions of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, two African American businessmen who brought about positive social change, is one of those stories,” a spokesperson for the tech company’s content arm Apple TV Plus told Variety.

The movie was originally set to be released in December 2019, but was delayed when Apple learned of “some concerns” surrounding “The Banker” and needed “some time to look into these matters.”

An Apple spokesperson declined to elaborate, Associated Press reports.

The film, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, is based on a true story.

Mackie plays Bernard Garrett, who in the 1950s and 60s, recruited a white man to pose as the face of his expansive real estate and banking business. In 1968, Garrett was convicted of misusing bank funds.

Some Georgia residents are familiar with this movie because they had a hand it.

During fall 2018, crews began filming in parts of Newnan under the production code “Garrett,” which we now know is the last name of the character.

The Douglas County Sentinel office in downtown Douglasville transformed into a 1960s bank for the film.

Behind the scenes: Samuel L. Jackson films "The Banker"
A-Scene Insider Tim Roberts spotted Samuel L. Jackson filming scenes for "The Banker" in Newnan, October 2018.
Tim Roberts

Production for “The Banker” happened during the 2018 gubernatorial race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Jackson, who is a Morehouse College alum, encouraged residents to get out and vote.

The executive producers are Joseph F. Ingrassia, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Greenfield, David Gendron and Ali Jazayeri.

“The Banker” is written by Niceole Levy, George Nolfi, David Lewis Smith and Stan Younger from a story by David Lewis Smith, Stan Younger and Brad Caleb Kane.


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