Apple Studios’ highly anticipated limited series is executive produced by Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson alongside award-winning author Walter Mosley, who adapted the screenplay from his novel of the same name
The long-awaited Apple TV+ limited series The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey is hitting the streaming service. Executive produced by Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson who also stars in the six-episode TV show based on the novel by bestselling author Walter Mosley. Premiering globally today with two episodes then followed with a new episode each week, the story centres around family, memory and legacy.
Jackson stars as Ptolemy Grey, an ailing man forgotten by his family, friends and even himself. Suddenly left without his trusted caretaker and on the brink of sinking further into lonely dementia, the titular protagonist is assigned into the care of orphaned teenager Robyn, played by BAFTA Award nominee Dominique Fishback (Judas and the Black Messiah). When they learn about a treatment that can temporarily restore Ptolemy’s dementia-addled memories, it begins a journey toward shocking truths about the past, present and future.
Jackson says of his role, “It was important that I present Ptolemy as a person that I hope people who were dealing with people like that in their lives could see and get an honest feeling of how they felt when they sat and talked to that particular person.” When that happens, Jackson furthers, ask them a question they should know the answer to but can’t come up with, and the frustration that follows. “And then the shame, sadness and anger that comes along with not having an answer and [then] shutting down completely.” The actor hopes that the depiction of such honest portrayal triggers in the audience “so badly that they can’t watch the rest of it”.
“Hopefully there is enough hope in episode one or that they see something that [makes] them want to come back to episode two,” he adds. “So that they’ll find out that – okay – he does take a chance and tries to get clear for a moment.”
“If you had an opportunity to be clear, and go back and fix something in your life, would you do it? And hopefully, they’ll take that ride to see how that works out for [them].”
In addition to Jackson and Fishback, the Apple Original series features Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (“Coyote,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”), Damon Gupton (“Black Lightning,” “Bates Motel”), Marsha Stephanie Blake (“I Am Your Woman,” “When They See Us”), Walton Goggins (“Justified,” “The Unicorn”) and Omar Miller (“The Unicorn,” “Ballers”).
Apple Studios’ The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey premiers globally on Friday, March 11, on Apple TV+.