Apple has just landed a major lead for their upcoming limited series with Samuel L. Jackson now starring in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.
The six-episode series, which is based on the novel of the same name by Walter Mosley, has Jackson taking on the role of a 91-year-old man forgotten by his family, by his friends, by even himself. On the brink of sinking even deeper into lonely dementia, Ptolemy 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.
In addition to his starring role, Jackson will also executive produce alongside Mosley, with David Levine and Eli Selden of Anonymous Content and Diane Houslin also executive producing. This isn’t the first time that Jackson has partnered with Apple for a high-profile project. Back in March, Apple released The Banker, starring Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and Nicholas Hoult, among others. Set in the 1960s, The Banker revolves around two African-American entrepreneurs who hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur.
After completing his role for Spiral: From the Book of Saw, and his part as Moody for Martin Campbell’s The Asset, Jackson reteamed with Ryan Reynolds and Salma Hayek for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, a sequel to the 2017 Patrick Hughes action-comedy. While he’s currently lending his voice to the animated action-comedy Blazing Samurai, Jackson will soon reprise his role as Nick Fury for a new series on Disney Plus titled Secret Invasion, based on the mega-popular Marvel Comics event of the same name.
It’s early days yet for Apple’s The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey project, so we’ll have to wait for more details as it continues to come together. In the meantime, there’s no shortage of quality content coming from the House of Jackson, and I’ll be damned if all of his upcoming projects don’t look like they’re worth checking out.