The film, which shot for two days before being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, moved base from Universal Studios to MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Henry, known for his appearances in movies like “Widows,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Godzilla vs. Kong,” joins Ryan Destiny and Olunike Adeliyi in the cast.
The film will follow the story of Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, 17, from Flint, Michigan who dreamed of becoming the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing, which she achieved at the Games. 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She then won her second gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Henry will play Shields coach Jason Crutchfield, a role previously slated to be played by Ice Cube.
Filmmaker Barry Jenkins wrote the screenplay and will also serve as a producer on the project.
Production will begin in Toronto next week with MGM on board to produce and distribute.
Henry was recently seen on Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” superhero set and is currently featured in FX’s “Atlanta.” He will then play alongside Brad Pitt in Sony’s “Bullet Train”.