Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison’s feature directorial debut has moved from Flint Strong Universal to MGM, with Brian Tyri Henry (Atlanta) star coming in, can confirm the deadline. Henry joins a team that includes Ryan Destiny and Olunike Adeleo, as previously announced. The shooting of the film will continue next week in Toronto after the prolonged shutdown by the Covid epidemic. Henry initially played the role played by Ice Cube, who worked on the project for just two days before being delayed indefinitely in March 2020.
Flint Strong is a boxing drama based on T-Rex, a 2015 documentary by Jacqueline Canepari and Dria Cooper. This will tell the true story of Clarissa “T-Rex” Shields (Destiny), a 17-year-old from Flint, Michigan, whose dream of becoming the first woman in boxing history to win an Olympic gold medal came true. The 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Adele plays Shield’s father as Jackie, along with Henry, his coach, Jason Crouchfield, who wired him during the day while training him at night. Krachfield continues to train at Barston Field House today while in Flint with his family.
MGM is working as the producer of the film, as well as its distributor. The screenplay was adapted by Oscar winner Barry Jenkins and executed and produced by Canepari, Cooper, Lynn Lucibello and Sue Jay Johnson. Alicia Holmes is overseeing the project for MGM.
Henry is represented by CAA, JWS Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.