Update 13 July, 2022: Apple's original press release wrongly stated that James Keene was convicted of a crime. We have since edited this article to reflect that was not the case. Thank you to James Keene for making us aware of this error. We apologise unreservedly and continue to recognise Mr Keene's bravery and heroism and thank him for his willingness to share his true story with the world.
Apple has unveiled first-look images and a premiere date for 'Black Bird' an upcoming six-episode psychological thriller developed and executive produced by Dennis Lehane and starring Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser. The series will premiere globally on TV+ with the first two episodes on Friday, July 8th 2022 followed by one new episode weekly every Friday.
Inspired by actual events, when high school football hero, 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 (minimum-security), 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.
The series is adapted from the true-crime memoir 'In with the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption' by James Keene and Hillel Levin and will also star Sepideh Moafi, Greg Kinnear and Ray Liotta.
It is developed and executive produced by Dennis Lehane and the first three episodes are directed by Academy Award nominee Michaël R. Roskam ('Bullhead', 'The Drop'), who also serves as executive producer. Lehane, Egerton and Roskam executive produce alongside Richard Plepler.
James has been a fan of Apple for as long as he can remember. He is a film & TV obsessive and has also written for several publications such as BBC Good Food Magazine. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland and can usually be found drinking copious amounts of coffee, watching Apple TV+ and talking about it with anyone who will listen.