NEW YORK, Dec. 22 - Two-year-old Mahershala Ali has finally found the right project to make his debut as lead actor in the short films.
Ali, who won the Oscar for his supporting roles in "Green Book" and "Moonlight," is starring in the new film "Swan Song," which will begin streaming on Apple TV on Dec. 27.
"Whether you're supporting or not, you're always trying for good materials." Ali said. "And especially being a color actor in this business and coming up there... if you see yourself a bit and wish to be of a certain ilk, then you get stuck in such a little weird pockets if you aren't careful."
"Swan Song" is a movie set soon to tell the story of a terminally ill man who gets the chance to make a point to save his family from a sad loss.
While it sounds high-tech, co-star Naomie Harris said it isn't a sci-fi movie.
"I think it's about love. It's an ode to love and real love. It is not romanticized, but true deep, meaningful love," Harris said.
The movie is a long-distance novel by Benjamin Cleary. Cleary won an Oscar in 2016 for his short film "Stutterer."
Cleary hopes "Swan Song" sparks thought-provoking conversations around death.
I hope you're asking us about what would you do in this situation and to begin some interesting emotional conversations for people, said Cleary.
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