Prison isn’t fun. That’s obviously not the hottest of takes. But as seen in the trailer for “Black Bird,” there’s prison and then there’s prison. And the latter of which is where Taron Egerton has to go to gain his freedom again.
“Black Bird” tells the story of a young guy who is sent to prison where he is sentenced to 10 years at a minimum-security facility. That’s bad enough, right? But when he’s given a chance to earn his freedom, he takes the opportunity to go to a maximum security facility where they house the worst criminals around so that he can befriend a convicted murderer and convince him to confess. As you might suspect, things get a bit dicey.
Joining Egerton in the cast are Paul Walter Hauser, Sepideh Moafi, Greg Kinnear, and Ray Liotta. And even in the brief appearance in the trailer, it’s clear that Hauser is turning the creepy up to 11 in this series. Another interesting thing about the cast is “Black Bird” includes the final TV role from Liotta, who recently passed away. Acclaimed crime novelist, Dennis Lehane, serves as the creator, writer, and producer of the series.
“Black Bird” arrives on Apple TV+ on July 8. You can watch the trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis:
Inspired by actual events, when high school football hero and decorated policeman’s son Jimmy Keene (Egerton) is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison, he is given the choice of a lifetime — enter a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane and befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Hauser), or stay where he is and serve his full sentence with no possibility of parole. Keene quickly realizes his only way out is to elicit a confession and find out where the bodies of several young girls are buried before Hall’s appeal goes through. But is this suspected killer telling the truth? Or is it just another tale from a serial liar? This dramatic and captivating story subverts the crime genre by enlisting the help of the very people put behind bars to solve its mysteries.