Get Out is a story about a Black man whose White girlfriend takes him home to meet her seemingly liberal parents, but the central relationship of the film is really between Kaluuya’s character Chris, and his best friend, played by Howery. Howery plays Rod Williams, a TSA Agent who takes pride in his work and is loyal to his pal to the end. The real-life standup comedian practically stole the film in his scenes with Kaluuya. Stanfield, meanwhile, plays Andre Heyworth a.k.a. Logan King, another friend of Chris’ who has gone missing, and whose body has become possessed by a white man.
This time around, Stanfield and Kaluuya are the co-leads, while Howery has a small but memorable role as Wayne, a fast-talking pimp who’s also an FBI informant. Howery and Kaluuya don’t appear to share any scenes this time around, so fans will no doubt miss their onscreen chemistry, but the complicated dynamics between Stanfield’s and Kaluuya’s characters should more than make up for it.
Judas and the Black Messiah debuts Friday, February 12 in theaters and on HBO Max. You won’t want to miss it.