Heading to Apple’s streaming service in January is Palmer, an emotional-looking drama led by Justin Timberlake.
The official trailer has arrived for the film, which has Timberlake playing Eddie Palmer, a once-promising football star whose life took a turn when he was sentenced to twelve years in prison. Returning home to Louisiana to live with the grandmother (June Squibb) that raised him, Eddie attempts to stay out of trouble and keep his head down. Complications arise when a neighbour (Juno Temple) leaves on a bender, leaving behind her gender non-conforming, 7-year-old son, Sam (Ryder Allen), who Palmer reluctantly begins to care for.
Timberlake looks to be putting in some strong work in what appears to be his most emotional role to date. The film is directed by Fisher Stevens, whose credits include climate change documentary Before the Flood and Pacino-Walken-Arkin crime comedy Stand Up Guys. Interestingly, the film is written by Cheryl Guerriero, who co-penned the couldn’t-be-more-different-than-Palmer 2006 Paris Hilton comedy Pledge This – a film that, with a score of 1.8, has been bestowed with position #9 on IMDb’s Bottom Rated Movies. Only up from there!
Palmer will be streaming on Apple TV+ from January 29th.
Official synopsis for Palmer:
Former high-school football star Eddie Palmer (Justin Timberlake) went from hometown hero to convicted felon, earning himself twelve years in a state penitentiary. He returns home to Louisiana, where he moves back in with Vivian (June Squibb), the grandmother who raised him. While trying to keep his head down and rebuild a quiet life for himself, Palmer is haunted by memories of his glory days and the suspicious eyes of his small town community. Things become more complicated when Vivian’s hard-living neighbor Shelly (Juno Temple) disappears on a prolonged bender, leaving her precocious and unique 7-year-old son Sam (Ryder Allen), often the target of bullying, in Palmer’s reluctant care. In time, Palmer is drawn into a more hopeful world as he forges a connection with Sam through their shared experience of being made to feel different by those around them. Life improves for Palmer, and a romance develops between him and Sam’s teacher Maggie (Alisha Wainwright). An inspiring and unexpected journey unfolds for the three of them, but soon Palmer’s past threatens to tear apart this new life.