Justin Timberlake returns to the big screen in his heaviest role yet in the upcoming Apple original film, Palmer.

After being released from jail following a 12 year sentence, former high school football star Eddie Palmer (Timberlake) finds renewed purpose in caring for an abandoned child named Sam (Ryder Allen), who’s bullied at school. “Kids are mean, especially when they see something that they ain’t used to seeing,” Palmer tells Sam in the trailer. Timberlake leans into his Southern accent as he tries to accept Sam for who he is while attempting to rebuild his own life in the face of opposition from those who think he’s not cut out to care for a child.

Written by Cheryl Guerriero (Hunting Season), the movie is directed by Fisher Stevens (The Cove and Before The Floor) who said about the film, “acceptance, forgiveness and love… Two people who ordinarily would never come together, find themselves under one roof to find the family they never had.”

Watch the touching trailer for the film to arrive January 29th on Apple TV+

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