Mahershala Ali And Benjamin Cleary Interview – Contenders New York – Deadline

“It started with Ben, with the script being so well written, the characters having the same essence but needing different things,” stated Swan Song star and producer Mahershala Ali stated of taking part in two roles within the Apple Original Film.

“It was always clear to me whose shoes I was in,” he added in regards to the characters of Cameron and Jack. “I had to know what I wanted to do and do those things.”

Joined by Swan Song director and author Benjamin Cleary, Ali was talking Saturday at Deadline’s Contenders New York showcase.

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Having debuted final month at AFI, the sci-fi drama premieres hits Apple TV+ on December 17. In the Vancouver-shot movie, Ali portrays promoting exec Cameron, a person within the close to future operating out of time on account of a terminal sickness who decides to spare his household the loss by changing himself – with himself.

“The film is always about the human story at the heart of it, even though there is a sci-fi element,” Clearly stated through the panel moderated by Deadline’s Valerie Complex. “We never wanted it to look like the inside of a spaceship or anything.”

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Swan Song additionally stars Naomie Harris, Awkwafina and Adam Beach.

Check again Monday for the panel video.

The Sponsors for Contenders Film: New York are Michter’s Distillery, Los Siete Misterios Mezcal, Eyepetizer, and modMD.

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