Having recently secured an Emmy nomination for his work on Atlanta, Brian Tyree Henry has signed on to co-star alongside Melissa McCarthy in New Line’s upcoming action-comedy, Superintelligence.
Per Collider, Henry will play the best friend of McCarthy’s former corporate executive whose life is turned upside down when she’s selected for observation by the world’s first super-intelligent AI, that may or may not be ready to take over the world.
In addition to Henry, James Corden will provide the voice of the artificial intelligence while Bobby Cannavale will play McCarthy’s ex-boyfriend, who re-enters her life after an extended absence. McCarthy’s husband and longtime collaborator Ben Falcone is directing from a script penned by Steve Mallory, who also wrote another McCarthy comedy, The Boss.
This should be the beginning of a huge movie year for Henry. He’s set to co-star in Steve McQueen‘s heist movie Widows, Barry Jenkins‘ Moonlight follow-up, If Beale Street Could Talk, and the drug drama White Boy Rick which stars Matthew McConaughey. He will also voice Jefferson Davis in the animated film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse which will arrive Friday, December 14.
Now a recognisable name thanks to his breakout role as Paper Boi on Atlanta, this could genuinely be the kind of star-making year for an actor that’s rarely seen nowadays, as all four films mentioned above have a lot of hype and excitement surrounding them, while Superintelligence should give him a chance to show off his fine comedic skills, although that film is set to arrive Christmas Day, 2019.
While Henry may currently only be recognised as Paper Boi, that could all be about to change.