Is ‘Palmer’ Based on a True Story?

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If you didn’t spend your weekend watching Justin Timberlake‘s new Palmer movie on Apple TV+, we’d suggest that you rectify that immediately. There’s no denying that Timberlake is a star in the new drama, which tells the story of an ex-con who becomes a mentor to a gender non-conforming child. With its timely story and A-list cast, the new film has fans asking one very important question: is Palmer a true story?

Those with questions about Palmer have come to the right place. Consider this your official guide to all things Palmer and the story behind the new movie.

IS PALMER BASED ON A TRUE STORY?

While Palmer may seem like a true story — there’s something very specific and heartwarming about a recently-incarcerated man taking a gender non-conforming child under his wing in rural Louisiana — it is entirely fictional. The family drama was directed by Fisher Stevens (Short Circuit, The Cove) and written by Cheryl Guerriero, a relative newcomer to the industry.

PALMER TRUE STORY: FROM THE BLACK LIST TO APPLE TV PLUS

Like many recent hits, Palmer began as a screenplay on The Black List. Guerriero first submitted her screenplay in 2016, and shortly after, it was optioned by SK Global, the studio behind Crazy Rich Asians and Moneyball, among other films. In July 2020, Apple acquired distribution rights to the drama for an unspecified amount, ensuring that Guerriero’s film would make it to the big screen (or the little screen, depending on your preferred streaming method) despite the pandemic.

WHERE WAS PALMER MOVIE FILMED?

Palmer was filmed in and around New Orleans, Louisiana from November to December 2019. For more specifics, check out our breakdown on the Palmer filming locations.

WHERE TO WATCH PALMER

Justin Timberlake’s new film is available to stream exclusively on Apple TV+. The streaming service is available on a variety of different devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, game consoles, and mobile and web devices.

Apple TV+ costs $4.99/month, but the service is currently offering a seven-day free trial for new customers. Customers who purchase a new Apple device (including iPhones, Macs, and iPads) are also eligible for a free year of Apple TV+ if they redeem the offer within 90 days.

Where to stream Palmer

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