“We’re not doing hope today,” actor Brian Tyree Henry says, in the trailer for The Outside Story.
For his lovesick character, this might be true. But for Henry, the world today appears to be full of possibilities. After landing a Tony nomination for Lobby Hero—and his first two Emmy nominations, for turns in Atlanta and This Is Us—the actor found his first big-screen lead role in the dramatic comedy, written and directed by Casimir Nozkowski.
The film centers on Charles, an unhappy video editor who preemptively breaks up with his girlfriend Isha (Sonequa Martin-Green), when he comes to believe that she is going to leave him. Later, when he locks himself out of his apartment, he embarks on a journey of self-exploration, learning to share his problems with others, as he stumbles through his neighborhood.
Also starring Sunita Mani, Olivia Edward, Asia Kate Dillon and Rebecca Naomi Jones, the Samuel Goldwyn Films title will be available on digital and on demand on Friday, April 30. Its producers include Nozkowski, Brian Newman, Joseph Stephans and Frank Hall Green. Executive producers are Evan Thayer, Cameron O’Reilly and Lisa Kleifer Chanoff.
Seen most recently in films like Joker and Superintelligence, Henry has a remarkable slate of projects ahead of him. This year, he’ll appear in Warner Bros. blockbuster Godzilla vs. Kong, Netflix thriller The Woman in the Window, Marvel’s Eternals—directed by Nomadland’s Chloé Zhao—and Lila Neugebauer’s war drama, Red, White and Water. At the moment, he is in production on Sony action thriller Bullet Train, in which he stars opposite Brad Pitt, and on the Netflix animated feature, The Magician’s Elephant.
But for now, check out the trailer above.
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