While Justin Timberlake has done his share of voice work, including this year’s Trolls World Tour, but he hasn’t starred in a live-action movie since 2017’s Wonder Wheel which is better left forgotten. But now he’s back in the Apple TV+ drama, Palmer, a comeback story directed by Fisher Stevens.
In Palmer, Timberlake plays Eddie Palmer, a former high school football star struggling to get his life in order after serving 12 years in prison. Things get complicated when he begins caring for his neighbor’s gender nonconforming son, who has been abandoned by his mother. Troubles from Eddie’s past continue to hound him, while a new relationship offers a glimmer of hope.
The film also stars Ryder Allen, Alisha Wainwright, June Squibb, and Juno Temple. Cheryl Guerrero wrote the screenplay for Fisher Stevens, an actor-turned-director who usually focuses on documentaries, but also helmed the comedy Stand Up Guys.
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Palmer hits Apple TV+ on January 29th 2021.
SYNOPSIS: Former high-school football star Eddie Palmer (Justin Timberlake) went from hometown hero to convicted felon, earning himself twelve years in a state penitentiary. He returns home to Louisiana, where he moves back in with Vivian (June Squibb), the grandmother who raised him. While trying to keep his head down and rebuild a quiet life for himself, Palmer is haunted by memories of his glory days and the suspicious eyes of his small town community. Things become more complicated when Vivian’s hard-living neighbor Shelly (Juno Temple) disappears on a prolonged bender, leaving her precocious and unique 7-year-old son Sam (Ryder Allen), often the target of bullying, in Palmer’s reluctant care. In time, Palmer is drawn into a more hopeful world as he forges a connection with Sam through their shared experience of being made to feel different by those around them. Life improves for Palmer, and a romance develops between him and Sam’s teacher Maggie (Alisha Wainwright). An inspiring and unexpected journey unfolds for the three of them, but soon Palmer’s past threatens to tear apart this new life.