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February 19, 2020

Apple announces new original film “Swan Song,” starring Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali

Apple today announced that “Swan Song," a new film starring two-time Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali ("Green Book," “Moonlight”), will join its Apple TV+ original film slate along with a theatrical release. The film will be produced by Apple and Anonymous Content, and will go into production this spring.

“Swan Song" is a genre-bending drama that will be directed by Academy Award-winner Benjamin Cleary (“Stutterer”), who also wrote the project. Set in the near future, the film explores how far someone will go, and how much they’ll sacrifice, to make a happier life for the people they love. Mahershala Ali will star in the film as Milo.

“Benjamin’s script for 'Swan Song’ immediately connected with us,” said Matt Dentler, Apple’s head of feature development and acquisitions. “We cannot wait to bring Benjamin’s vision together with Mahershala’s undeniable talent to deliver this powerfully layered story to audiences around the world."

Adam Shulman ("Defending Jacob") and Jacob Perlin ("The Amazing Johnathan Documentary") will produce the film on behalf of Anonymous Content, along with Mahershala Ali.

“Benjamin Cleary is a rare talent who deftly weaves human emotion into his filmmaking in a way that harkens to many of the great films that began at Anonymous Content such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich,” said Anonymous Content’s Adam Shulman and Jacob Perlin. “We are tremendously grateful to be working with Mahershala Ali, Ben and Apple on this thought-provoking project, that we’re sure will be a conversation starter.”

“I've been developing 'Swan Song' for a while and when I sat down with Apple it was immediately clear they completely understood my vision,” said Benjamin Cleary. "Once Mahershala agreed to join us I knew we had something really special. To be making this movie with Mahershala and Anonymous at Apple is an absolute dream.”

“Swan Song” joins upcoming Apple Original films that will premiere in theaters and on Apple TV+, including the 2020 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Award-winning Documentary “Boys State,” “The Banker," “Beastie Boys Story,” “On The Rocks,” “Wolfwalkers” and more.

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