Apple TV+ has revealed the premiere date of its limited series, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey starring Samuel L. Jackson in the titular role. The announcement comes along with a few first-look photos which feature the Marvel star and Dominique Fishback in character. Jackson is seen looking much older as the 93-year-old dementia patient. Based on the novel by Walter Mosley, the drama series will debut with two episodes, followed by new releases every Friday.
The story follows Ptolemy Grey (Samuel L. Jackson), an ailing man forgotten by his family, his friends, and even himself. When he’s suddenly left without his trusted caretaker, Ptolemy is on the brink of sinking even deeper into a lonely dementia. Luckily, Ptolemy is assigned to the care of an orphaned teenager named Robyn, and the pair instantly bond. When they learn about a treatment that can restore Ptolemy’s dementia-addled memories, it starts a journey toward shocking truths about the past, present, and future.
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey is directed by Ramin Bahrani from a screenplay by Walter Mosley, who also serves as producer on the project. Alongside Mosley and Samuel L. Jackson, the Apple TV+ series is executive produced by Mosley’s producing partner Diane Houslin, Ramin Bahrani, Eli Selden and David Levine for Anonymous Content, and LaTanya Richardson.
Led by Samuel L. Jackson, the series also features Dominique Fishback as Robyn, Walton Goggins as Dr. Rubin, Marsha Stephanie Blake as Niecie, Damon Gupton as Coydog, Cynthia McWilliams as Sensia, Omar Benson Miller as Reggie Lloyd, and Maury Ginsberg as Moishe Abromovitz. Consisting of six episodes The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey is set to debut on March 11th on Apple TV+.
Samuel L. Jackson has a few other big projects in the works this year. The Star Wars alum is set to appear on Broadway for the 2022 revival of The Piano Lesson. He will also be reprising his role as Nick Fury in the Marvel Studios series Secret Invasion, which will air exclusively on Disney+.
Created by Kyle Bradstreet, Secret Invasion is based on the Marvel Comics storyline of the same name and will share continuity with the films of the franchise. Bradstreet will also serve as head writer. The series will consist of six episodes directed by Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim. Like all other Marvel shows at Disney+, Marvel Studios will take on producing duties for the Samuel L. Jackson show.
Starring alongside Samuel L. Jackson is Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, the leader of a Skrull sect and ally of Fury. Kingsley Ben-Adir has been cast as the main villain, with Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke, Killian Scott, and Christopher McDonald in undisclosed roles.
Details of the show’s plot are being kept under wraps for now. However, the series is said to follow Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who tries to save Earth from the Skrulls, who have infiltrated all aspects of life on the planet. Rumors also suggest that SWORD, a more cosmic-based companion of SHIELD, will be featured in the story. SWORD’s existence was hinted at during the post-credits scene in Spider-Man: Far From Home. And it was officially introduced in the WandaVision series.