Mahershala Ali to produce, star in Swan Song drama for Apple TV+
Variety is reporting that Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Green Book) will produce and star in Swan Song, a genre-bending drama film for Apple TV+ that will be produced by Apple and Anonymous Content.
Swan Song is set in the near future and explores how far someone will go, and how much they’ll sacrifice, to make a happier life for the people they love.
Oscar-winner Benjamin Cleary (Stutterer) will write and direct the project. Production on the feature is expected to begin in the spring. The movie will receive a theatrical release in addition to streaming on Apple TV+.
“Benjamin’s script for ‘Swan Song’ immediately connected with us,” said Matt Dentler, Apple’s head of feature development and acquisitions. “We cannot wait to bring Benjamin’s vision together with Mahershala’s undeniable talent to deliver this powerfully layered story to audiences around the world.”
Cleary said, “I’ve been developing ‘Swan Song’ for a while and when I sat down with Apple it was immediately clear they completely understood my vision. Once Mahershala agreed to join us I knew we had something really special. To be making this movie with Mahershala and Anonymous at Apple is an absolute dream.”
“Benjamin Cleary is a rare talent who deftly weaves human emotion into his filmmaking in a way that harkens to many of the great films that began at Anonymous Content such as ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ and ‘Being John Malkovich,’” added Anonymous Content’s Adam Shulman and Jacob Perlin. “We are tremendously grateful to be working with Mahershala Ali and Ben on this thought-provoking project, that we’re sure will be a conversation starter.”
Adam Shulman (Defending Jacob) and Jacob Perlin (The Amazing Johnathan Documentary) are set to produce Swan Song for Anonymous Content along with Ali.
Ali’s upcoming projects include the sci-fi thriller Sovereign, the animated TV series adaptation Invincible, and, of course, starring as the new Blade in Marvel’s upcoming reboot.
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