Not to be confused with the Udo Kier movie released earlier this year with the same name, this “Swan Song” has a much more star-studded cast (no disrespect to Mr. Kier). This “Swan Song” film features Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Awkwafina, Glenn Close, and Adam Beach. The humanist sounding drama, an AppleTV+ production, is directed by Benjamin Cleary, best known for his short film “Stutterer” that earned him an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards.
“Swan Song” centers on a loving husband and father diagnosed with a terminal illness. He’s presented with a controversial alternative solution to replace himself with a carbon copy clone, but what will that mean for his family?
Here’s the official synopsis:
Set in the near future, Swan Song is a powerful, emotional journey told through the eyes of Cameron (Mahershala Ali), a loving husband and father diagnosed with a terminal illness who is presented with an alternative solution by his doctor (Glenn Close) to shield his family from grief. As Cam grapples with whether or not to alter his family’s fate, he learns more about life and love than he ever imagined. Swan Song explores how far we will go and how much we’re willing to sacrifice, to make a happier life for the people we love. This Apple Original Film stars two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, Academy Award nominee Naomie Harris and eight-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close. The film also features Golden Globe winner Awkwafina and Golden Globe nominee Adam Beach. Swan Song is written and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Benjamin Cleary and produced by Adam Shulman, Jacob Perlin, Jonathan King, Rebecca Bourke, Mahershala Ali, and Mimi Valdés.
Apple TV+ will release “Swan Song” on December 17, 2021. Watch the first trailer below.