Apple TV has had a few big original releases so far this year like The Essex Serpent, Shining Girls and Slow Horses, and now it’s looking to continue that streak with new drama miniseries Black Bird. The series is a psychological thriller that’s been developed executive produced by best selling author Dennis Lehane, and stars Taron Egerton in the lead role.

Egerton plays Jimmy Keene, a high school football champion and decorated son of a policeman who is arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He is given a choice, however, he can stay where he is with no possibility of parole or enter a maximum security prison and become friends with a suspected serial killer, Larry Hall. Jimmy’s only way out is to get Larry to confess to the murders of which is accused, and find out where several young girls are buried. But time is against him, as Larry’s appeal is possibly close to going through.

Jimmy must also work out if Larry is in fact telling the whole truth, or is simply lying as he has done in the past. The story is apparently based on true events, and tells the classic dramatic tale of a prisoner being enlisted to solve a bigger, more pressing mystery. Alongside Egerton in the cast is Paul Walter Houser as Larry Hall, Greg Kinnear as Brian Miller, Sepideh Moafi as Lauren McCauley, and the late Ray Liotta as the father of Jimmy Keene, Big Jim Keene.

Black Bird is adapted from a true crime memoir called In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption, written by James Keene and Hillel Levin. The first two episodes will air together serving as the series premiere on Friday 8th July, followed by one episode each week until 5th August, with six episodes in total. The first trailer was released a few weeks ago, and you can watch it here.


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