Dominique Fishback, who Tuesday received a BAFTA nomination for her work in Judas and the Black Messiah, will star alongside Samuel L. Jackson in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Apple Studios’ adaptation of the best-selling novel by Walter Mosley.
At the same time, Ramin Bahrani, who wrote and directed the acclaimed Netflix drama White Tiger, has come aboard to direct and executive produce the limited series.
Per Apple, Jackson is starring as Ptolemy Grey, a 91-year-old man forgotten by his family, by his friends, by even himself. On the brink of sinking even deeper into a lonely dementia, Grey experiences a seismic shift when he’s given the tremendous opportunity to briefly regain his memories, and uses this precious and fleeting lucidity to solve his nephew’s death and come to terms with his past.
Fishback will star as Robyn, a friend of the family who helps Ptolemy.
Produced by Apple Studios, Ptolemy Grey will be adapted for the screen by Mosley.
Jackson is also serve as executive producer alongside Bahrani. David Levine and Eli Selden will executive produce the project for Anonymous Content, along with Diane Houslin and Mosley. LaTanya Richardson Jackson will also executive produce.
Ptolemy Grey marks the second partnership for Apple TV+ and Jackson following last year’s drama, The Banker. The project also marks the latest collaboration between Apple and Anonymous Content and joins projects such as Peabody Award–winning Dickinson, the Emmy-Award nominated limited series Defending Jacob, and the well-regarded Home Before Dark.
Fishback wasn’t the only one getting BAFTA love Tuesday. Bahrani received a nomination for best adapted screenplay for White Tiger, his drama about an Indian driver doing whatever it takes to achieve success. He also received a WGA nomination for the movie as well. His other credits include 99 Homes, with Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, and Fahrenheit 451 with Michael B. Jordan.
Bahrani is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partner. Fishback is repped by WME, Management 360, and Schreck Rose