Black Bird: Release date, cast, synopsis, trailer & more

Black Bird is an upcoming psychological thriller, inspired by true events, that follows Jimmy Keene, a young football player turned convict, who is offered a deal for freedom.

Release date

The series will premiere on Apple TV+ on July 8. 

Cast and creators

  • Taron Egerton
  • Paul Walter Hauser
  • Greg Kinnear
  • Sepideh Moafi
  • Ray Liotta

Developed by: Dennis Lehane

Directed by: Michaël R. Roskam, Jim McKay and Joe Chappelle

Produced by: Dennis Lehane, Taron Egerton, Michaël R. Roskam, Richard Plepler, Bradley Thomas, Dan Friedkin, Ryan Friedkin, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert, Kary Antholis, James Keene

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“When high school football hero and decorated policeman’s son Jimmy Keene (Taron 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 (Paul Walter 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.”

Other details

The Apple Original is an adaptation of “In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption”, a true crime autobiography by James Keene and Hillel Levin. 


On being sentenced to 10 years in prison, high school football star, Jimmy Keene is given a chance to regain his freedom. In exchange, he must transfer to a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane where his mission is to befriend a criminal while hiding his true aim and extract a confession from him. 

Paul, the criminal in question, is suspected to have killed 14 women. However, the police were only able to get a hold of one of his victim’s corpses. They need Keene’s help to obtain the locations of the remaining 13 bodies before Paul’s appeal goes through, allowing him to walk free and claim another victim. 

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