Tom Rob Smith (“American Crime Story”) created and executive produces the limited series for Hulu.
Oscar-nominated actor Brian Tyree Henry is back on TV after the “Atlanta” finale.
Henry stars as Tayo, one of the most unusual agents to ever join the FBI, in the FX limited series “Class of ’09,” premiering exclusively on Hulu. Tayo joins forces with Poet (Kate Mara), a successful secret agent, to deal with the effects of AI technology on the American justice system after the death of a mutual friend. A group of FBI agents graduated from Quantico together in 2009.
Produced by Tom Rob Smith (“American Crime Story”) for FX, “Class of ’09” stars Sepideh Moafi, Brian J. Smith, Jon Jon Briones, Brooke Smith, Jake McDorman and Rosalind Eleazar.
According to the official synopsis, “Class of ’09” is a limited suspense thriller series that follows three classes of FBI agents set in different time periods who deal with massive changes as the US criminal justice system is transformed by artificial intelligence. Spanning several decades and spanning interwoven timelines, the series examines the nature of justice, humanity, and the choices we make that ultimately define our lives and legacies.
In addition to creating the series, Smith is an executive producer alongside Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Zanne Devine, Jessica Levin and Joe Robert Cole.
Actress Mara led FX in Hulu’s 2020 series “A Teacher” and starred in “Call Jane.” “Class of ’09” Mara’s first TV role after three years, she previously played in the films “Póz” and “Kártyavár”.
Henry is also seen co-starring in the next installment of the ‘Godzilla and Kong’ franchise, Barry Jenkins’ ‘Flint Strong’ and the true crime series ‘Sinking Spring’. Henry also provides his voice for “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.”
The “Causeway” actor previously told IndieWire that projects that deal with more serious issues like grief and trauma are too often monotonous.
“It’s very easy to find stories that put so much trauma on one plate, like a trauma buffet, like, ‘This is what we endured and this is what we lost.’ But there’s never really any hope for what’s on the other side,” Henry said. “Most of the time it’s just ‘we’re dealing with trauma’ and that’s it. (Instead) we want to see a connection between two people who have experienced such a loss, who have been traumatized, but don’t really feel like anyone understands it.”
“Class of ’09” premieres May 10 on Hulu.
Watch the trailer below.
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