Brian Tyree Henry and Kate Mara have signed on to star in FX’s limited series Class Of ’09, a suspense thriller set in the near-future where the U.S. criminal justice system has been transformed by artificial intelligence.
The show revolves around a group of FBI agents who graduated from Quantico in 2009, and are reunited following the death of a mutual friend. Spanning three decades and told across three interweaving timelines, the series will examines the nature of justice, humanity, and the choices we make that ultimately define our lives and our legacy.
Henry will play Tayo Miller, a brilliant and unorthodox Agent who joins the Bureau seeking to not only make his mark on the institution, but to remake it entirely. Mara will play Amy Poet, a woman who never imagined joining the world of law enforcement and finds herself at the center of its most pivotal moment of transformation.
The show hails from writer Tom Rob Smith, who wrote the Child 44 books before developing The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, also for FX.
Class Of ’09 will run for eight episodes. FX’s Gina Balion said in a statement that the show is “primed to reimagine the course of justice in this unique and timely thriller”.
The show sounds a little like Steven Spielberg‘s 2002 film Minority Report, which itself was turned into a Fox series back in 2015.
Class Of ’09 will be hoping to fare a lot better than that, as it was quickly cancelled. It will also be interesting to see how the series depicts law enforcement, especially within an American TV landscape where uber-positive portrayals of cops are rampant.
Mara recently starred in A Teacher for FX, so she’s familiar with the network. She’ll next be seen alongside Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver in abortion drama Call Jane.
Henry recently appeared in Godzilla vs. Kong and The Woman In The Window, and he’s got Marvel’s Eternals, Brad Pitt‘s action movie Bullet Train, and Jennifer Lawrence‘s drama Red, White And Water lined up.