She’s adding another notch to her belt!
Taraji P. Henson is making her feature directorial debut with her new comedy, Two-Faced. The Oscar-nominated actress will star in the film as well. It’s being produced by Tim Story, whom she worked with in the Think Like A Man series. The screenplay was written by Cat Wilkins and set up at Bron Studios.
Wilkins, who recently graduated from the MFA Screenwriting Program at UCLA, has already been recognized for the story. Her screenplay won first place in the feature comedy category at the 2020 UCLA Screenwriters Showcase. She describes the story which follows Joy, “A Black high school senior whose chances to attend the college of her dreams are threatened by her wildly popular and charismatic school principal, Jerald, after she confronts him with evidence of his racist past. With the help of her friends, Joy sets out to expose Jerald for who he truly is but quickly learns that he is not above waging all-out-war against the students trying to take him down.”
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The movie, which Henson will produce under her TPH Entertainment banner alongside Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Story, will deep dive into race and culture in America with a comedic lens. Henson was motivated to get behind the project because she said she recognizes the value of showing a strong, young woman as a lead character. In Two-Faced, she plays Joy’s mother, Gina Robinson.
She spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about her decision to take on the director role for the first time,” After two decades spent in front of the camera, I’m thrilled to finally jump behind it for my feature directorial debut! What first attracted me to this project was Joy – she is the character I needed to see in films growing up, but never had.”
No word on when production will begin, but we’ll be waiting! Congratulations!
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