To celebrate the release of Black Bird, the latest original series streaming on Apple TV+, we had the pleasure of chatting to its cast and executive producer about this thrilling new drama.
Inspired by actual events, when high school football hero and decorated policeman’s son Jimmy Keene (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 (Hauser), 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?
Both Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser tell us about the lure of the show and the excitement of both playing against type and against each other; Greg Kinnear and Sepideh Moafi talk about playing detectives and working with the remarkable material from Dennis Lehane; we chat to Lehane himself about why he wanted to bring the book to life and why the complexities of the story and the themes of toxic masculinity and the justice system.
You can watch the full interviews below:
Black Bird premieres globally on Friday, July 8, 2022