Cherk or 8herk? Apple TV+ movie poster leaves fans bemused

“Look what you did, you little Cherk!”
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Among other things, Apple is known for its clear messaging and high level of quality control. Which is why it was slightly strange when a poster for upcoming Apple TV+ movie, Cherry failed totally on both these counts — featuring an all-but-illegible title on its “For Your Consideration” campaign poster for Best Picture.

Don’t worry, though. The flick hasn’t been renamed CHERk, 0HER88 or 8HERK in post-production. Nor is this terrible typeface a marketing stunt. Instead, it seems that trade publication Variety just shared the wrong version of the poster.

The movie, which stars Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo, is the first movie made by the Russo brothers since Avengers: Endgame, the top-grossing movie of all time. It’s based on the bestselling 2018 novel Cherry by Nico Walker. Loosely autobiographical, it tells the story of a soldier who returns from fighting in Iraq, gets addicted to the opiate Oxycontin, and then becomes a bank robber to pay for his addiction. The author has just completed a spell in prison, having been there since 2013.

It will debut on Apple TV+ on March 12. If early buzz is to believed, this could be a big awards winner or contender for Apple. So long as Academy voters now which movie to watch based on the title screw-up.