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Taraji P. Henson has been collecting coins all year and she isn’t done! From her Facebook Watch Series Peace of Mind to an Empire spinoff starring her character Cookie Lyon being shopped to Hulu and ABC, the Washington D.C. native is set to make her directorial feature debut with Two-Faced from BRON Studios (Fences, Queen & Slim).
The NAACP Image Award winner will star in the film as the mother of Joy, a Black high school senior who calls on her friends to help expose her popular and charismatic school principal who threatens her chances to attend the college of her dreams after confronting him with evidence of his racist past.
The film will be produced by Henson and her production company, TPH Entertainment, alongside Aaron L. Gilbert on behalf of Bron and Sharla Sumpter and Tim Story on behalf of The Story Company. Cat Wilkins is the screenwriter and set to executive produce alongside Christine Conley and Trent Hubbard.
Henson took to Instagram to express just how elated she is for the new project, captioning the post, “THIS IS THE FACE OF A DIRECTOR!!”
“I’m SO excited to announce my directorial debut with TWO-FACED,” she continued. “This story means so much to me and I can’t wait to share it with you all!! And yes, I’ll also be starring in the film.”
In a statement retrieved by Variety, the 50-year-old actress shared what made her want to join the project.
“What first attracted me to this project was Joy – she is the character I needed to see in films growing up, but never had. It’s important that stories be told from a woman’s point of view and partnering with Bron Studios and the amazingly talented Tim Story — both who use their platforms to help elevate women and people of color — feels like the perfect match. I can’t wait to bring this hilariously heartfelt script by Cat Wilkins to life!”
Tell us: Who should play Joy?