Trailer: Samuel L. Jackson & Anthony Mackie Build An Empire In THE BANKER November 11, 2019 They built an empire like nobody’s business. Directed by George Nolfi, ‘The Banker’ is the story of the first African American bankers in the United States. Based on a true story, THE BANKER centres on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racially oppressive establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garrett’s wife Eunice (Nia Long), they train a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire – while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything the four have built.