Don’t expect Taraji P. Henson to sit around twiddling her thumbs the next time Empire goes on hiatus. Nope, the 44-year old actress has a full plate for the foreseeable future, adding yet another big screen role to her already overflowing itinerary.
According to online reports, Taraji has landed the lead role in film adaptation of The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South, a true account of civil rights pioneer Ann Atwater, who for over a decade fought KKK leader C.P. Ellis in an attempt to get schools in North Carolina desegregated.
Henson will of course take on the role Atwater, while Empire co-creator Danny Strong will handle producer responsibilities alongside Matthew Plouffe and Spiderman alumn Tobey Maguire.
Principal shooting for the film begins January 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.