The Russo Brothers haven't directed a movie that wasn't connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 15 years. After 2006's poorly received You, Me and Dupree, they returned to sitcoms. But when they were called up to helm 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they became arguably the most important filmmakers in Hollywood. Their Captain America sequel and the final two Avengers films set worldwide box office records.
Now they're using their clout to make a passion project. The duo bought the rights to the novel Cherry the same month it was published, securing distribution from Apple in September 2020. Based on the real experiences of Nico Walker, Cherry tells the story of an Army medic whose PTSD and drug addiction force him into a life of crime. The Russos brought on their sister Angela to adapt, along with Jessica Goldberg (Hulu's The Path). The film marks a departure for both the Russos and star Tom Holland, best known as the latest incarnation of Spider-Man. Whether this decidedly adult role leads to a Christian Bale-like transition from child actor to serious thespian remains to be seen.
Cherry will have a limited theatrical release on February 26 and hit AppleTV+ two weeks later.