Brian Tyree Henry will star in Flint Strong | Entertainment
Brian Tyree Henry has joined the cast of ‘Flint Strong’.
The 40-year-old star has been tapped to star in the boxing drama which will resume production next week after a two-year hiatus following the coronavirus pandemic and a studio change.
Brian will take on the role that was to be played by Ice Cube when the film was first announced. As of March 2020, the project was being made by Universal Pictures and had only filmed two days before COVID-19 halted production.
Producers Michael De Luca and Eisha Holmes have joined MGM, where the film will now be developed.
Ironically, De Luca is now leaving MGM but Holmes and “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins are both involved in the film.
‘Flint’ is an adaptation of the 2015 boxing documentary ‘T-REX’ and tells the story of teenage Michigan fighter Claressa ‘T-REX’ Shields – who dreamed of becoming the first woman in history to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing
Ryan Destiny plays Shields with Olunike Adeliyi as his mother Jackie Shields.
Brian will play trainer Jason Crutchfield who juggled his job while training the fighter at night.
Rachel Morrison is making her directorial debut on the project. She made history by becoming the first female cinematographer to be nominated for an Oscar for her work on “Mudbound.”
Jenkins said in a statement, “Given the challenges we have faced as a global community over the past two years, I salute Rachel for continuing this journey of bringing this wonderful story of Flint, Michigan to the big screen.
“Like our protagonist, Rachel Morrison is made of tough stuff, and we all look forward to supporting her and this amazing cast to bring this film to the box and into a theater near you.”