Swan Song: Mahershala Ali, Glenn Close and Naomie Harris are joining forces for a “genre-bending” drama on Apple TV+

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Apple TV+'s Swan Song

Award-winning actor Glenn Close is just one of the familiar faces in Swan Song, Apple TV Plus’ new “genre-bending” drama starring Awkwafina, Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali. Here’s everything we know about this exciting film so far.

Apple TV+’s new film Swan Song is coming to our screens soon and honestly, we couldn’t be more excited. Boasting a cast of familiar faces, this sci-fi drama covers some hard-hitting themes while also encouraging viewers to think of wider issues around technology and the future.

Award-winning actor Glenn Close will play “the head scientist at a facility” alongside Oscar award-winning Mahershala Ali, who will star as the central character, Cameron Turner.

Now, we finally have a first look at Apple TV+’s latest film in the form of an official trailer and will just have to eagerly anticipate its release on 17 December. Here’s everything we know about Swan Song so far.

What is the plot of Swan Song?

As per Variety, the film – which is set in the near future – explores “how far someone will go, and how much they’ll sacrifice, to make a happier life for the people they love”. Sounds pretty high stakes, right?

The film’s title, Swan Song, also gives us a clue of what to expect. The term ‘swan song’ is often used to describe a final performance, gesture or act before someone’s retirement (or death, this is a drama after all), so chances are the film will be pretty emotionally charged.

According to Apple TV+’s official synopsis, the film is:

“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.”

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Who will star in Swan Song?

The plotline is already enough to entice us but if you needed some further persuading, the cast boasts a line-up of stellar actors. With Ali taking the central role as Cameron, James Bond actor Naomie Harris will be starring alongside him as Poppy, Cameron’s wife and “true soulmate”.

The film, which was first announced back in February of this year, will see the two award-winning actors join forces with Ali and director Benjamin Cleary, who won an Oscar in the live-action short category in 2016 for his film Stutterer and has written the screenplay for Swan Song

Awkwafina will also star as Kate, described as the “close friend and confidant” of Ali’s character Cameron. Glenn Close – who has received numerous Oscar nominations throughout her career – will play Dr Scott, Cameron’s doctor who presents him with the “alternative solution”.

Naomie Harris
Swan Song: Naomie Harris will star as Mahershala Ali's wife Poppy.

Swan Song will be produced by Apple Studios, Anonymous Content and Concordia Studio, with Adam Shulman and Jacob Perlin producing on behalf of Anonymous. Jonathan King will produce on behalf of Concordia, alongside Ali and his production company, Know Wonder.

Speaking about the film when it was first announced, Cleary said that making the film alongside Ali was “an absolute dream”.

“I’ve been developing Swan Song for a while and when I sat down with Apple it was immediately clear they completely understood my vision,” he told Variety at the time. “Once Mahershala agreed to join us I knew we had something really special.”

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Is there a trailer for Swan Song?

The futuristic clone drama finally has a trailer and it’s an emotional one. You can watch it here:

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When will Swan Song be available to watch?

Apple TV+ has confirmed that Swan Song will be available to stream worldwide on 17 December.

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.


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