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Samuel L. Jackson is the latest A-lister to sign on to a series at Apple.
The tech giant has landed a six-episode limited series, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, that will star the Oscar nominee in his first lead TV role. The series is based on a novel by Walter Mosley, who will also write the script.
Jackson and Mosley will also serve as executive producers alongside David Levine and Eli Selden of Anonymous Content and Diane Houslin.
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey centers on a 91-year-old man (Jackson) who is forgotten by his family, his friends and even himself as he suffers from dementia. But when he’s able to briefly regain his memories, he uses those fleeting moments of lucidity to find the truth behind his nephew’s death and come to terms with his past.
Mosley has written more than 60 novels and has also written for FX’s Snowfall (where he’s also a consulting producer) and, briefly, CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery. He left the latter show in 2019 after, he wrote in a New York Times op-ed, receiving an HR complaint about using the N-word in the writers room.
“I hadn’t called anyone it,” Mosley, who is Black, wrote in the Times piece. “I just told a story about a cop who explained to me, on the streets of Los Angeles, that he stopped all n—ers in paddy neighborhoods and all paddies in n—er neighborhoods, because they were usually up to no good. I was telling a true story as I remembered it.”
CBS Studios, which produces the Star Trek franchise, said in a statement at the time, “While we cannot comment on the specifics of confidential employee matters, we are committed to supporting a workplace where employees feel free to express concerns and where they feel comfortable performing their best work. We wish Mr. Mosley much continued success.”
Apple Studios is producing The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, adding the show to a growing roster of projects that also includes feature films Killers of the Flower Moon from Martin Scorsese and Emancipation from Antoine Fuqua and limited series Masters of the Air from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, among others.
Jackson joins fellow Marvel star Chris Evans (Defending Jacob) and Brie Larson (an untitled CIA drama) and other A-listers including Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon (The Morning Show), Octavia Spencer (Truth Be Told) and Jason Momoa (See) in headlining series for Apple TV+.
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