Justin Timberlake Connects With Abandoned Young Boy in 'Palmer' Trailer

Palmer Justin Timberlake and Ryder Allen
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Directed by Fisher Stevens, the film debuts Jan. 29 on Apple TV+.

Justin Timberlake stars as the title character in the trailer for Apple's homecoming drama Palmer.

The trailer opens to a weary-eyed and bearded Timberlake, who plays former high-school football star Eddie Palmer, as he makes his return home after 12 years in prison.

“I’m glad you’re back,” his grandmother (June Squibb) greets him. “You just gotta get yourself back out there.”

Known around the Louisiana town as the football star turned convicted felon, Palmer struggles to put his life back together. But things get complicated when his neighbor disappears, leaving her 7-year-old son Sam (Ryder Allen), a unique and precocious boy, behind in Palmer’s reluctant care.

As Palmer begins spending time with Sam, the two form an unexpected bond.

“Listen to me, son,” Palmer says to the young boy. “Kids are mean, especially when they see something that they ain't used to seein’.”

The trailer shows the townspeople watching Palmer, judging him for his fall from grace.

"You ain't nothin' but a criminal," a woman tells him in a convenience store. "You got no right looking after any child."

When Palmer confronts Sam about watching a show made for girls, Sam isn’t bothered, stating that if there’s no boys on the show, then he “can be the first.”

Heartfelt moments between the duo pass onscreen — Palmer and Sam trick-or-treating, waving and hugging one another. But the mood quickly changes when Palmer is arrested again, protecting Sam and his mother.

“I will not abandon that boy,” the title character affirms in a court room.

Palmer is directed by Fisher Stevens and the screenplay is penned by Cheryl Guerriero. Timberlake, Squib and Allen star, alongside Juno Temple and Alisha Wainwright.

The film will premiere on Apple TV+ Jan. 29.

Watch the trailer below.