Apple immediately canceled the premiere of The Banker its first major movie for Apple TV Plus, after charges surfaced about a family member the movie was based on, Deadline reporting. The movie was originally due to premiere this Thursday, at the closing night of the AFI Fest in Hollywood, ahead of its theatrical release December 6.
"We bought The Banker earlier this year while we were moved by entertaining films and educational stories about social change and financial literature, ”Apple said in a statement in the Deadline. "Last week some concerns surrounding the film came to our attention. We, along with the filmmakers, needed some time to look at these things and determine the best next steps Therefore, we are no longer premiering The Banker at AFI Fest. "
In a cast with Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, and Nia Long, Banker is one of the highest profile films Apple has ever acquired for to its streaming service. It was originally due to arrive at the streaming service early next year, but these plans are reportedly holding out pending an investigation by Apple.
Concerns are not thought to be associated with any of the historical figures depicted in the film. Instead The Deadline reports that allegations have been leveled against Bernard Garrett Jr., the son of the character portrayed by Anthony Mackie in the film. Garrett Jr. was involved in promoting the film, and acted as a consultant during the making.
Banker is one of three films set by Apple to be released in 2019 with The Elephant Queen and Cage.