The Russo Brothers haven’t strayed far from their MCU past since venturing off to start their own production company. While they’ve found success in their new role as producers (with films such as Extraction and 21 Bridges), their actual return behind the camera will be with Cherry, and a new look at the film featuring Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, has arrived.
Cherry marks the Russos’ first directorial effort since Avengers: Endgame, and in the newly-released image we see star Tom Holland as Nico Walker, an Army medic with PTSD who turns to robbing banks to feed his opioid addiction. The film is based on Walker’s novel, adapted by Jessica Goldberg and Angela Russo-Otstot. Also in the cast are Ciaro Bravo, Bill Skarsgard, Forrest Goodluck, and Jack Reynor.
For the Russos this has always been a personal project, one they were drawn to by Walker’s roots in Cleveland, also their hometown. They tell Vanity Fair, who also debuted the new images…
“Ohio is unfortunately at ground zero in the fight against the opioid crisis. And we’ve got a lot of people in our family that have either passed on or died from the crisis, or are struggling with their current addiction. So, this is a very, very personal movie for us.”
“We do think about it as an epic film, and it is very much a person’s life journey,” said Anthony Russo. “But it does have a little bit of a split personality between being this character study and an epic life cycle.”
“The movie’s broken up into six chapters that reflect those different periods, and each one has a different tone,” added Joe. “It’s shot with different lenses, different production design. One’s got magical realism. Another chapter is absurdism. Another is horror…There’s a bit of gonzo in it. It’s raw in its tone. He’s a character in existential crisis.”
Cherry hits theaters on February 26th 2021, then heads to Apple TV+ on March 12th.