“Cherry” DP Newton Thomas Sigel on the Russo Brothers First Post-Avengers Film

Susannah Edelbaum

March 9, 2021

Joe and Anthony Russo’s latest project is a far cry from Avengers. The hopes and dreams of the titular hero of Cherry (premiering on Apple TV+ on March 12), played by Tom Holland, are earth-bound, centered around getting high, getting money, or getting clean. In the film’s first chapter (there are six in total, each introduced by a blood-red title page), Cherry is at his worst—strung out, mid-robbery, breaking the fourth wall to let us know his life is a mess. He finishes his heist, the scene around him fades to black, and we skip backward to 2007 when Cherry is a nerdy, fresh-faced student crushing on Emily (Ciara Bravo) in a shared college seminar. As the chapters unfold over the next dozen years, Cherry and Emily’s story reveals how seemingly minor life events can set off a domino effect leading to raging opioid addiction.

Joe and Anthony Russo’s latest project is a far cry from Avengers. The hopes and dreams of the titular hero of Cherry (premiering on Apple TV+ on March 12), played by Tom Holland, are earth-bound, centered around getting high, getting money, or getting clean. In the film’s first chapter (there are six in total, each introduced by a blood-red title page), Cherry is at his worst—strung out, mid-robbery, breaking the fourth wall to let us know his life is a mess. He finishes his heist, the scene around him fades to black, and we skip backward to 2007 when Cherry is a nerdy, fresh-faced student crushing on Emily (Ciara Bravo) in a shared college seminar. As the chapters unfold over the next dozen years, Cherry and Emily’s story reveals how seemingly minor life events can set off a domino effect leading to raging opioid addiction.