Taraji P. Henson is directing her first film. Variety confirms the Oscar-nominated actress will helm, produce, and star in Bron Studios’ highschool comedy “Two-Confronted.” The challenge sees a Black highschool senior going through off in opposition to a well-liked principal with a historical past of racism.
“Two-Confronted” facilities on Pleasure, “whose possibilities to attend the school of her desires are threatened by her wildly fashionable and charismatic faculty principal after she confronts him with proof of his racist previous. With the assistance of her mates, the coed units out to reveal the principal however shortly learns that he’s not above waging all-out-war in opposition to the scholars attempting to take him down,” the supply teases.
Henson will seem in “Two-Confronted” as Pleasure’s mom, and can produce by way of her TPH Leisure. Sharla Sumpter Bridgett (“Prince of Peoria”) can also be producing.
Current UCLA MFA Screenwriting Program grad Cat Wilkins penned the script, which earned her first place within the 2020 UCLA Screenwriters Showcase’s function comedy class. She’s going to exec produce, too.
“After 20 years spent in entrance of the digicam, I’m thrilled to lastly leap behind it for my function directorial debut! What first attracted me to this challenge was Pleasure – she is the character I wanted to see in movies rising up, however by no means had,” Henson mentioned. “I can’t wait to convey this hilariously heartfelt script by Cat Wilkins to life!”
Henson beforehand helmed a 2020 episode of her Fox musical drama “Empire.” She is ready to reprise her iconic, Golden Globe-winning position of Cookie in a derivative which she’s growing underneath her first-look cope with 20th Century Fox. Henson nabbed two Emmy nominations for her work in “Empire,” which concluded its six-season run this 12 months.
“Hidden Figures,” “Individual of Curiosity,” and “Hustle & Stream,” are amongst Henson’s many notable display credit. She obtained an Oscar nod for her supporting flip in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Her earlier producing credit embody “What Males Need” and “Proud Mary,” each of which she additionally toplined.
Henson has been vocal for the necessity for higher illustration and inclusion in Hollywood in addition to the racial and gender pay hole. “[Pay inequity is] not going to vary till privilege reaches throughout the desk and helps. In any other case, we’re taking part in a rerun,” she has mentioned. “The one narrative that I want I might change is my cash. It’s virtually like they need this unimaginable efficiency for a reduction value. The black films — we don’t get large budgets. I’ve to attend till Scorsese or somebody with a franchise movie calls.”