Tom Holland shows off his serious side in the hard-hitting drama Cherry, which just released its trailer. The film, which reunites Holland with his Marvel Cinematic Universe directors Joe and Anthony Russo, is heading to Apple TV+ on March 12.
Cherry, based on the 2018 novel by Nico Walker, stars Holland as an army medic who is hooked on opiates while battling PTSD. To fund his addiction, he turns to robbing banks. The movie also stars Ciara Bravo, Bill Skarsgard, Jack Reynor and Forrest Goodluck.
After tackling superhero mayhem and intergalactic genocide, the Russo Brothers take on the opioid crisis in the US, specifically Cleveland, Ohio, where both Holland’s character and the directors hail from.
“It’s a very emotionally important movie for us. That part of the country has been designated ground zero for the opioid crisis,” said Joe Russo an interview with Inverse. “We’ve had a lot of people we were very close to die because of the crisis. We felt that it was a story that needed to be told and the luxury of coming off of movies like Infinity War and Endgame is that you can get complicated subject matter made in a difficult market for content like that.”
The movie also boasts a different kind of performance from Holland, who’s already attracting Oscar buzz for his tour-de-force turn.
Speaking to Deadline, Joe said, “I think he's exceptional in the movie, honestly. I think it's an Oscar-worthy performance out of him. He is shredding himself, physically and emotionally.
“I just think he's exquisite in the part. He’s so compulsively watchable onscreen. When you're playing a character that goes to that level of depravity, to have someone as inherently likeable as Tom playing that character, so that you continue to root for them no matter what horrible choices they make, it's invaluable.
“I think it really changes the entire presentation of the movie for an audience. I can't say enough about it. I'm just really blown away by him in the film.”
Cherry will be released on Apple TV+ March 12.