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Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser, & Dennis Lehane Talk True Crime Series Black Bird (EXCLUSIVE)

Apple TV’s newest true-crime series Black Bird is now available to watch on the streaming platform. The first two episodes dropped on Friday 8th, and a new one will be released every Friday, with a total of 6 episodes.

The series was created, produced, and written by none other than Dennis Lehane, author of some of the best-selling crime novels of these last few decades like Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone, and Mystic River, all adapted on the big screen and starring some of Hollywood’s most iconic actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Tim Robbins, and Morgan Freeman.

Black Bird is based on the true-crime novel In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer ,and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption, written by James Keene and Hillel Levin.

Black Bird Interviews

Black Bird

You can watch the full Black Bird interviews down below:

Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser’s interpretation is one for the books. Keene starts off as an arrogant, self-centered young criminal, and yet, as the series goes on, his character grows and evolves into someone we want to protect and help get out of this hell of a place. As for Larry Hall, it truly is Paul Walter Hauser’s performance and talent that create the multidimensionality in his character.

We spoke with Dennis Lehane, Taron Egerton, and Paul Walter Hauser about Black Bird. Lehane said the following:

“Taron responded with incredible passion and enthusiasm right off the bat. Once we locked him in, Apple said ‘You’re a go’ (…) and we circled in on Paul. I asked Paul to read, I wanted to see what he could do. I knew what he could do, but I didn’t know how far he could go. So I asked him to read the toughest Larry scenes. And he just blew me away.”

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Lehane wanted to create an epic journey for a character who, starts off at one place and at the end of this transformative journey, “he’s older, he’s wiser, he’s sadder”.

Black Bird is your next summer’s obsession. Starring Taron Egerton (Rocketman) in the role of Keene and Paul Walter Hauser (Cruella) as Larry Hall, but also the late great Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), this gripping and heartbreaking story reaches new heights thanks to the breathtaking performance of the cast.

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Written by Maëlle Beauget-Uhl

Reporter and news writer with an educational background in broadcast journalism at the New York Film Academy and a professional background in entertainment reporting and news writing.