Awkwafina joins Mahershala Ali in Apple TV+’s Swan Song
Staff Reporter | On 21, Nov 2020
Awkwafina will co-star alongside Mahershala Ali in Apple TV+’s new film Swan Song.
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. The genre-bending drama is directed by Benjamin Cleary (Stutterer), who also wrote the project.
Ali joined the film earlier this year, taking the lead role of Milo and also producing, alongside Adam Shulman (Defending Jacob) and Jacob Perlin (The Amazing Johnathan Documentary) on behalf of Anonymous Content.
Awkwafina will play Kate, Milo’s close friend and confidant. She also joins Naomie Harris, who is playing Poppy, Milo’s wife and soulmate.
Mahershala Ali to star in Apple TV+ movie Swan Song
22nd February 2020
Mahershala Ali will star in new Apple TV+ movie Swan Song.
The genre-bending drama 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.
Two-time Academy Award-winner 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 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 cinemas and on Apple’s subscription streaming service, 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.
The film will go into production this spring.