Apple TV+ drama Fancy Dance brings back Oscar nominee Lily Gladstone


Fancy Dance trailer
Lily Gladstone makes a dramatic return to the big and small screens with "Fancy Dance."
Photo: Apple TV+

Academy Award nominee Lily Gladstone will follow up Killers of the Flower Moon with a powerful new family drama on Apple TV+, if the trailer the streamer dropped Wednesday for Fancy Dance is any indication.

Fancy Dance premieres in select theaters June 21 and streams on Apple TV+ June 28.

Fancy Dance trailer brings emotional dramatic role for Oscar nominee Lily Gladstone

Apple Original Films release Fancy Dance became a Sundance Film Festival selection. And it’s the second movie on Apple TV+ to star Lily Gladstone. She got a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon (and won a Golden Globe for the role). And the new drama represents the directorial debut of Erica Tremblay, who also co-wrote and produced the film.

Gladstone plays Jax, who cares for her niece Roki (Isabel Deroy-Olson) after the girl’s mother, Jax’s sister, goes missing from an Oklahoma Indian reservation. The trailer brings tense drama. It shows the search for the missing woman unfold in a chaotic and challenging environment. For one thing, Jax and Roki must prepare for a powwow. Most likely, that’s where the film’s title comes from.

Here’s how Apple describes the plot, the film’s complex societal shading and its cast:

Since her sister’s disappearance, Jax has cared for her niece Roki by scraping by on the Seneca-Cayuga reservation in Oklahoma. Every spare minute goes into finding her missing sister while also helping Roki prepare for an upcoming powwow. At the risk of Jax losing custody to Roki’s grandfather, Frank (Shea Whigham), the pair hit the road and scour the backcountry to track down Roki’s mother in time for the powwow.

What begins as a search gradually turns into a far deeper investigation into the complexities and contradictions of Indigenous women moving through a colonized world while at the mercy of a failed justice system. Gladstone stars alongside Deroy-Olson, Ryan Begay, Crystle Lightning, with Audrey Wasilewski and Whigham.

Watch the trailer for Fancy Dance

Produced by Confluential Films and Significant Productions/AUM Group, Fancy Dance introduces director Tremblay. She also serves as screenwriter alongside Miciana Alise. Producers include Deidre Backs, Tremblay, Heather Rae, Nina Yang Bongiovi and Tommy Oliver. Executive producers are Bird Runningwater, Gladstone, Forest Whitaker and Charlotte Koh.

Watch dramas on Apple TV+

Fancy Dance lands alongside other dramatic films and shows on Apple TV+ June 28. The service is available by subscription for $9.99 with a seven-day free trial. You can also get it via any tier of the Apple One subscription bundle. For a limited time, customers who purchase and activate a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy three months of Apple TV+ for free.

After launching in November 2019, “Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have been honored with 471 wins and 2,090 award nominations and counting,” the service said.

In addition to award-winning movies and TV shows (including breakout soccer comedy Ted Lasso), Apple TV+ offers a variety of documentaries, dramas, comedies, kids shows and more.

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