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Black Bird — release date, cast, trailer, plot, and everything we know

Taron Egerton takes the lead role of Jimmy Keene in Black Bird.
Taron Egerton takes the lead role of Jimmy Keene in Black Bird. (Image credit: Apple TV+)

Black Bird is an intense American prison thriller starring British actor Taron Egerton that tells the real-life story of convicted drug dealer Jimmy Keene who is forced to get a confession out of suspected serial murderer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser) while in a maximum-security prison. 

Based on the true-crime memoir In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption (opens in new tab) by Jimmy himself and Hillel Levin, the series shows how he made a deal with the devil to reduce his own prison sentence. His task? To discover the truth about Hall. But is Hall just telling Jimmy what he wants to hear? 

Here’s everything you need to know about the nail-biting drama Black Bird… 

Serial killer Larry Hall in Black Bird.

Serial killer Larry Hall in Black Bird. (Image credit: Apple TV+)

Black Bird release date

Black Bird gets its worldwide premiere on Apple TV Plus on Friday July 8 2022. The six-episode psychological thriller begins globally with the first two episodes on  July 8, followed by one new episode weekly every Friday until August 5 2022.

Is there a trailer?

Yes an official Black Bird trailer has arrived from Apple TV Plus. 'You want me to check into hell and befriend the demon? Not for all the money in the world' says Taron Egerton's Jimmy Keene! Take a look at the cracking new trailer below...

Black Bird plot 

In Black Bird, Jimmy Keene (Taron Egerton) is a former high school football hero and the son of a decorated police officer. But his life implodes when he’s found guilty of drug dealing and sentenced to 10 years in a minimum-security prison. After his sentencing Jimmy is offered the choice of a lifetime — stay where he is and serve his full term with no chance of parole, or enter a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane and befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser). 

Jimmy’s only way out is to elicit a full confession, but he knows he’ll have to risk his life to do so. 

Is Jimmy capable of getting the truth from Hall or is the suspected killer simply spinning him a tale? And can the drug dealer achieve redemption from his determination to put a murderer behind bars?

Black Bird.

Taron Egerton's Jimmy Keene meeting with serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser) in Black Bird. (Image credit: Apple TV+)

Black Bird cast — Taron Egerton as Jimmy Keene

Taron Egerton who plays the lead role of prisoner Jimmy Keene is no stranger to playing real life characters, having previously taken on the roles of Elton John in Rocketman and Eddie The Eagle in the 2015 movie about the skier. Taron also stars in the Kingsman films and played Robin of Loxley in the 2018 adaptation of Robin Hood. He also voices Johnny in the movies Sing and Sing 2. He also provided the voice of Moomintroll in Sky's animated series Moominvalley.

Black Bird's Taron Egerton as prisoner Jimmy Keene.

Black Bird's Taron Egerton as prisoner Jimmy Keene. (Image credit: Apple TV+)

Taron Egerton as Elton John moment in Rocketman.

Taron Egerton as Elton John moment in Rocketman. (Image credit: C4)

Paul Walter Hauser as Larry Hall 

Cobra Kai actor Paul Walter Hauser takes on the role of suspected serial killer Larry Hall. He played Horace in the Cruella movie and starred in I, Tonya. He’s also been in BlacKkKlansman, Songbird and Super Troopers 2

Paul Walter Hauser as Larry Hall in Black Bird.

Paul Walter Hauser as Larry Hall in Black Bird. (Image credit: Apple TV Plus)

Who else is starring in Black Bird? 

Also starring in Black Bird is Greg Kinnear (House of Cards) as Brian Miller, and the late actor Ray Liotta (Goodfellas and Marriage Story) who sadly died before the release of Black Bird. Ray plays  Jimmy Keene’s father, Big Jim Keene. Sepideh Moafi (Notorious) also stars as Lauren McCauley.

The late Ray Liotta, who sadly died earlier this year, in Black Bird.

The late Ray Liotta, who sadly died earlier this year, in Black Bird. (Image credit: Apple TV+)

Greg Kinnear and Sepideh Moafi as Black Bird legal eagle Brian Miller and Lauren McCauley.

Greg Kinnear and Sepideh Moafi as Black Bird legal eagle Brian Miller and  Lauren McCauley.  (Image credit: Apple TV+)

More about Black Bird

Black Bird is developed, written and executive produced by bestselling author Dennis Lehane. The first three episodes are directed by Academy Award nominee Michaël R. Roskam, who also serves as executive producer. Lehane, Egerton and Roskam executive produce alongside Richard Plepler through his EDEN Productions; Bradley Thomas, Dan Friedkin and Ryan Friedkin executive produce through Imperative Entertainment; Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert executive produce through EMJAG Productions; and Kary Antholis also executive produces, along with the book’s author James Keene. Jim McKay and Joe Chappelle also direct. The limited series is produced for Apple TV+ by Apple Studios.

Nicholas Cannon
Nicholas Cannon

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.