Apple has abruptly canceled the premiere of The banker, the first major film for Apple TV Plus, after accusations have been made about a family member on which the film is based, Deadline reports. The film originally had its premiere on Thursday, the final evening of AFI Fest in Hollywood, prior to the cinema release on December 6.
"We bought The Banker earlier this year when we were moved by the entertaining and educational story of the film about social change and financial literacy," Apple said in a statement to Deadline. “Last week some concerns about the film were brought to our attention. Together with the filmmakers, we need some time to look at these issues and determine the best next steps. In this light, we no longer premiere The Banker at AFI Fest. "
With a cast with Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult and Nia Long, The banker is one of the best known movies that Apple has purchased for its streaming service. Originally it would appear on the streaming service early next year, but these plans are reportedly awaiting an investigation by Apple.
The concerns are not thought to be related to any of the historical figures depicted in the film. Instead Deadline reports that accusations have been made about Bernard Garrett Jr., the son of the character portrayed by Anthony Mackie in the film. Garrett Jr. was involved in the promotion of the film and acted as a consultant during production.
The banker is one of three films that Apple would release in 2019 The Elephant Queen and Hala.