With the upcoming thriller Black Bird, Apple TV+ is bridging the gap between fiction and non-fiction. Specifically, the story will utilize the skills of renowned actors, while telling the story based on actual events. The result appears to be one of the more exciting new entries in the growing catalog for Apple’s video streaming service.
Black Bird has been in the works for a bit now, but it finally has a release date slated for July 8, 2022. When it arrives, it will tell a story that’s inspired by true events, where Jimmy Keene (played by Taron Egerton) has been sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison.
But it doesn’t take long before Keene is offered up a choice: stay in the minimum security prison for the full duration of his sentence without any possibility of early parole, or freely enter a maximum security prison for the criminally insane and potentially get an early release. The reason? Keene must get a confession from another inmate, a man named Larry Hall (played by Paul Walter Hauser), who is a suspected serial killer.
If Keene can get Hall to confess, and inform law enforcement where the bodies of several young girls are buried, he will get an early release. Here’s the official description of the upcoming thriller from Apple TV+:
When high school football hero and decorated policeman’s son Jimmy Keene (Taron Egerton) is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison, he is given the choice of a lifetime — enter a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane and befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser), or stay where he is and serve his full sentence with no possibility of parole. Keene quickly realizes his only way out is to elicit a confession and find out where the bodies of several young girls are buried before Hall’s appeal goes through. But is this suspected killer telling the truth? Or is it just another tale from a serial liar? This dramatic and captivating story subverts the crime genre by enlisting the help of the very people put behind bars to solve its mysteries.
Black Bird also stars the recently deceased Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Greg Kinnear (Shining Vale), and Sepideh Moafi (The L Word: Generation Q), among others.
The premiere date is set for Friday, July 8, 2022. Will you be checking this one out?