Samuel L. Jackson fights to reverse the effects of dementia in the upcoming Apple TV+ limited series The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.
The six-episode series is based on the novel by the same name from Walter Mosley and chronicles Ptolemy Grey’s quest for a new treatment that promises to temporarily restore his memory.
Before the treatment, Grey was struggling in his daily life and getting by with the help of his caretaker Reggie. When Reggie isn’t able to take care of him anymore, orphaned teenager Robyn (played Judas and the Black Messiah’s Dominique Fishback) comes to his aid. She has concerns about Grey taking the experimental treatment but he is insistent.
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“I got a lot of things to do, and I need my memory to do it,” he says.
Grey undergoes the treatment and starts to remember things from his past, including the clues to a treasure he believes his uncle stole when he was a boy.
As his memory starts to rapidly decline once more, Grey is determined to finish his quest before his mind goes blank. He starts the search to find the treasure before it’s too late.
“You got to let the river take its course — and the river knows right where its going,” he says in the last scene of the trailer.
Joining Jackson and Fishback in the cast are Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (Coyote, Real Husbands of Hollywood), Damon Gupton (Black Lightning, Bates Motel), Marsha Stephanie Blake (I Am Your Woman, When They See Us), Walton Goggins (Justified, The Unicorn) and Omar Miller (The Unicorn, Ballers).
Mosley and Jackson are executive producing the limited series alongside Diane Houslin, Ramin Bahrani, Eli Selden and David Levine for Anonymous Content, and LaTanya Richardson.
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey premieres March 11 on Apple TV+.
Watch the trailer for the series below: